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Urgent care services surge

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High Five
Monday, May 02, 2011

Urgent care services have grown in the Eugene-Springfield area, as well as nationally, fueled by patients' desire for convenient services.

“I call it the ‘McDonald’s Society,’” said Franz Ritucci, director of the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, which is based in Orlando, Fla. “We want what we want when we want it.”

About 700 to 800 urgent care clinics have been opening in the United States each year, for a current total of 8,700, according to the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine.

In many places, patients feel they don’t have access to care when and where they want to receive it, and they’re frustrated with long waits at the ER, academy director Franz Ritucci said.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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