Southeast Michigan is seeing a surge of urgent care growth this spring—and industry watchers are saying operators can thank President Obama, in a roundabout way. Regional growth started to pick up speed after the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) was passed in 2010, fueled by an influx of newly insured patients who need care immediately, but who may have been steered into urgent care by employers hoping to stem rising emergency room bills. With a mix of existing companies adding new locations and startups looking to stake their claim, the current growth is also creating a more competitive field of providers (more good news for payers and cash-paying patients). Some companies, such as Michigan Urgent Care and Occupational Health, are also expanding their hours and available services to meet increasing patient demand.
Urgent Care Surges in Southeast Michigan