Urgent care is more accommodating, especially for those without a primary physician
Millennials are generally less likely to be tied down to one place. Many of them value being able to travel for work or for pleasure. And since Americans are settling down later in life, that means many Millennials are willing to relocate. For some, finding a new primary care physician could be a drawback to relocation. But for a lot of Millennials, it’s not such a top priority. They can receive any medical treatment they need at an urgent care facility without going through the hassle of finding a new doctor. Since the nation will be short by more than 90,000 physicians by 2020 according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, it’ll likely be even tougher for this generation to find a primary care doctor they really like. But with urgent care, they won’t have to worry about that for the foreseeable future. Therefore, they don’t have to sacrifice their mobility and flexibility but can still get the convenient care to which they’re accustomed.
Younger people don’t have as many emergencies or chronic conditions to contend with
Simply put, a young and healthy person won’t be as likely to encounter a medical emergency or develop a chronic condition as an older person might. Therefore, Millennials really don’t need to visit their primary doctor or an emergency room as often as a Gen Xer or Baby Boomer might. For situations that don’t warrant a trip to the ER or a specialist, urgent care is often the best option. Not only is it less expensive, but for those minor health issues — like allergies, colds, headaches, sports injuries, and more — it just makes sense to go to a walk-in clinic. There’s no muss, no fuss with this option, and that’s what a lot of Millennials respond to.
This generation wants fast, nearby treatment options
Many older Americans wouldn’t be bothered by having to wait a day or two for an appointment with their doctor. But as darlings of the digital age, most Millennials want to have access to treatment on their schedule — read: ASAP. Many Millennials will be inclined to self-diagnose via the internet or use telehealth services in lieu of going to see a primary care doctor. Urgent care clinics provide another way to receive convenient care without the wait. Millennials want just as much speed and responsiveness from their healthcare as they do from their food delivery, their social media, and their e-commerce orders. For a generation that wants their needs met now, going to urgent care will likely be their go-to when they need medical attention.
Of course, it’s not just Millennials who can benefit from urgent care. Walk-in clinics are often a great option for non-life-threatening illnesses, injuries, or conditions, regardless of your age. And with so many locations all across the country, you’ll likely be able to find one within close proximity. That makes it even easier to access the care you need, whenever you need it.