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There is considerable interest nationwide in the growth of retail clinics (kiosks located inside a retail store, supermarket, or pharmacy that treat simple illnesses and provide preventive care services) and urgent care clinics (walk-in clinics that treat injuries or illnesses requiring immediate attention). These clinics have the potential to improve access to healthcare by providing more convenient care and transparent prices (compared to a typical physician office visit). This brief describes the trend in the number of retail and urgent care clinics in Nebraska. We found a 40% increase in the number of urgent care clinics from 2008 to 2013, and we found no increase in the number of retail clinics. Currently, 55 retail and urgent care clinics operate in Nebraska, with 71% located in Douglas, Lancaster, or Sarpy County. The demand for primary care will increase next year as more people gain health insurance coverage through the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and are in search of primary care services. State health policy has the potential to address the needs of Nebraskans for convenient and affordable care by identifying and supporting innovative changes in healthcare access.
University of Nebraska Medical Center Center for Health Policy
Stimpson, Jim P. and Deras, Marlene, "Trends in Retail and Urgent Care Clinics in Nebraska" (2013). Reports: Center for Health Policy. 9.