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Hospitals, Urgent Care Centers Find Common Ground
HealthLeaders Media

Over the past decade, health systems and hospitals have been adapting to a challenging market reality: the rise of “retail medicine.”

Traditional healthcare provider organizations have faced vexing market dynamics on two fronts: retail clinics at sites such as pharmacies that offer a relatively limited suite of services, and urgent care centers capable of treating most non-life-threatening conditions.

With few areas of direct competition in core services, hospitals and health systems have largely embraced peaceful co-existence with retail clinics, but urgent care centers have been more daunting.