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Cost, convenience drive a boom in urgent care
Orange County Register

After a decorative plate fell off the wall and put a gash in the side of Tina Melgar’s face late last month, she went to MemorialCare’s urgent care clinic in her Los Altos neighborhood of Long Beach and was seen almost immediately.

The medical team gave her four stitches, and a week later she was back – no appointment necessary – to have them taken out.

Had the same mishap occurred a few years ago, Melgar says, she would have gone to the emergency room at Long Beach Memorial – also owned by MemorialCare – and probably waited several hours to be seen.