When was the last time you visited your primary care physician? What about the last time you visited urgent care?
In the last decade visits to urgent care clinics across the U.S. increased by 119% between 2008 and 2015. For many Americans — urgent care — has become the ‘go-to’ option for healthcare services. According to Bob Switzer, urgent care director for Finger Lakes Health — the local trend has lived up to the national figures. Insurance claims to urgent care clinics has also dramatically increased in the last decade. The data showed an increase of 1,725 percent since 2008.
Switzer visited the FingerLakes1.com Studio alongside colleague Andre Forcier, chief administration officer for FLH Medical to discuss the trends in urgent care, and what’s happening locally to help keep residents healthy.