State sees huge growth of urgent care centers and retail clinics

Trend could help tamp down health care costs

RETAIL MEDICAL CLINICS and emergency care centers are growing at breakneck speed in Massachusetts, a trend that suggests strong demand for the lower-cost alternatives to standard outpatient and hospital emergency services. The number of urgent care centers increased eight-fold from 18 centers in 2010 to 145 at the end of 2017, according to a report(...)

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