Growth of urgent care centers worries some doctors

An estimated 3 million patients visit urgent cares each week.

In Annapolis, when Emily Auerswald and her children need care for minor illnesses or injuries, they head to a shopping center that has a Starbucks, a Five Guys hamburger joint and an urgent care center.   Doctors Express, an urgent care center,  is open nights and weekends, and accepts walk-ins without an appointment.

 

 

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ER Visits for Concussions Skyrockets Among School-Age Athletes

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Disturbing trend among kids in sports.

Emergency room visits for school-age athletes with concussions has skyrocketed in recent years, suggesting the intensity of kids’ sports has increased along with awareness of head injuries. The findings in a study of national data don’t necessarily mean that concussions are on the rise. However, many children aren’t taken for medical treatment, so the numbers are likely only a snapshot of a much bigger problem, doctors say.

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Uninsured Don’t Go to the ER More Than Insured According to Study

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People with health insurance are just as likely to use the ER as people without insurance.

A kiss gone awry isn’t the typical route that lands a person in the emergency room, but that’s just how Maggie Craytor ended up in the University of Virginia Medical Center’s emergency department in August.”She was running after her older brother Luke to give him a kiss, and she fell and got a cut right underneath her eye,” says her mother, Allison. Maggie, now 4, needed two stitches. Her mother is glad the family had insurance to cover the costly emergency visit her pediatrician’s office recommended.

 

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$10M Healthcare X Prize Seeks To Reinvent U.S. Healthcare System

$10 Million Healthcare X Prize Seeks To Reinvent U.S. Healthcare System

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Organizers of the X Prize, who have set up contests for space travel, DNA research and super-efficient cars, said on Tuesday they are offering $10 million to the winner of a contest to transform the health of people in a small U.S. community.

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