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Urgent care centers and the demand for non-emergent

by Allen, Lindsay
Authors: Cummings, Janet R. | Hockenberry, Jason Series: NBER working paper series . 25428 Published by : NBER (Cambridge) Physical details: pag. var Subject(s): Economia da saúde | Política de saúde | Cuidados médicos | Estatística Year: 2019
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Urgent care centers (UCCs) are a cost-efficient substitute to the emergency department (ED) for non-emergent conditions, but no study has identified their impact on ED demand. We address this gap using a novel strategy that exploits daily UCC operating times in a differencing framework. After UCCs close each day, local non-emergent ED visits increase by 1.43 percent (over the adjusted mean rate of 70.58 percent) in areas with multiple UCCs. This effect occurs only among the privately insured population, the target customers of UCCs. Our results suggest that UCCs are successfully substituting for EDs in the treatment of non-emergent conditions.

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