Urgent care centers are an integral part of U.S. health system

03/22/2011 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Urgent care centers bring a customer service aspect to medicine, offering patients convenient access to quality care, and may help lower costs by redirecting patients who don't need to visit an emergency department. Physicians and health industry experts said urgent care centers fill an important niche in the health care system, especially in areas where hospital EDs are overcrowded or where primary care access is limited.

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