The Post and Courier reported on a recent study conducted by Health Affairs that shows urgent care centers are a significant cost to the U.S. health care system. The study reports that 37 urgent care visits were associated with only one fewer visit to the emergency room. Dr. Robert Hartwig notes there are a few different ways to interpret the findings of this study. He said, “My sense is that urgent care clinics are not in the business of trying to reduce ER visits, though they clearly do. Their location strategy is more akin to McDonald’s — located for easy access and convenience.” Read the entire article here.