Occupational medicine physicians focus on preventive medicine and treating injuries and illnesses that are related to a patient’s workplace. Around 892,000 occupational injuries and illnesses occurred in 2016 alone, resulting in days away from work.
The pairing of Urgent Care facilities and occupational medicine physicians has many benefits for both parties. In fact, 74% of Urgent Care facilities are already providing these physicians’ services.
Increased Visits to Urgent Care for Occupational Medicine
Over the past five years, an average of 12% of Urgent Care visits are from patients seeking care from occupational medicine physicians. These increased visits help to supplement the facility’s volume and revenue. These physicians also help to attract new patients to the Urgent Care itself. When a patient visits the facility specifically to see that physician and has a positive experience, they are more likely to return to the facility to see a primary care physician.
In addition, Occupation Medicine physicians still struggle with the lack of awareness of the scope and value of Occupational Medicine, not just with businesses, but with the workforce as well. More exposure and access to these patients through work in Urgent Care facilities increases the understanding and perceived value of this important medical specialty.
Physicians Benefit from Urgent Care Business Model
The classic business model of Urgent Care facilities provides a lot of patient benefits. These include extended hours, quick in-and-out visits, and easy access to a physician. These characteristics help occupational medicine physicians attract more patients. The ease of visiting an Urgent Care has carried over to the ease of visiting an occupational medicine physician.
The shortage of these physicians is upon us. 78% of them are close to retirement, leaving behind an increasing need for physicians. Locum tenens physicians for this specialty are now at an increased demand. At NEXTLocums, we’re striving to decrease the physician shortage across the board, one specialty at a time.
Many of our current Occupational Medicine opportunities focus around caring for our nation’s veterans and active duty military members. Our physicians are helping to serve those who have served our country and we are dedicated to providing the best medical professionals to serve them.
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