Urgent care retail clinics are starting to pop up around the country because of their convenient, affordable service which makes healthcare more accessible to the public. CityMD has 41 retail spaces throughout New York City and plans on opening 20 new Medicaid-friendly “Heal” locations by the end of 2014. Experts say the clinics appeal to those in low-income areas who don’t have private doctors. Despite urgent care centers being affordable and convenient, they are not yet equipped to take care of patients with complex, urgent needs, according to experts.. To keep up with competition, hospitals are starting to make care more accessible and cheaper by starting stand-alone emergency departments.
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