During the next 18 months, the Maryland-based franchise company Doctors Express is set to open six urgent care clinics in the Sacramento area, reveals Sacramento Business Journal reporter Kathy Robertson.
In her August 27 article, Robertson describes says the proposed clinics will offer a “convenient, less-expensive alternative to local emergency rooms,” particularly for patients who cannot wait for a doctor’s appointment, or who are without a general physician or health insurance.
Fair Oaks is the first community scheduled to receive a Doctors Express clinic in the Sacramento region. Set to open in early November, the clinic will offer routine medical care along with laboratory and X-ray services. The Fair Oaks and five additional Doctors Express clinics may also provide a number of medical assistant jobs in Sacramento.
In the Sacrament Business Journal feature, Justin Prillwitz, owner of the Sacramento regional franchise territory for Doctors Express, described one of the reasons for the growth of urgent-care clinics.
“As long as there are two-hour waits in emergency rooms, there is demand,” Prillwitz was quoted as saying.
The demand for urgent-care clinics also appears to be increasing along with the number of uninsured Americans. According to a survey released this June by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2008 to 2009 the number of adults in the country without health coverage increased by 2.9 million. This figure brings the estimated total of uninsured in the United States to a staggering 46.3 million.
According to Robertson, Doctors Express and urgent-care centers are “becoming a popular alternative to emergency rooms nationwide.” She cites figures from the Urgent Care Association of America in Warrenville, Illinois, that estimates the number of emergency rooms in the country is around 4,600, while the amount of urgent-care clinics totals 8,700. She also states that by the end of fiscal year June 30 around 300 urgent-care facilities opened across the country.
The expansion of Doctors Express and other urgent-care centers in Northern California may represent greater opportunities for medical assistant jobs in San Jose and other regions in the Bay Area. If you’ve thought of pursuing medical assistant jobs in San Francisco and elsewhere in the state, then see how Unitek College can give you the professional training you need to become a part of this growing healthcare field.
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