Once the domain of retired physicians and entrepreneurs, the growth of urgent care centers—a market that reached nearly $14 billion in 2013—is projected to increase over the next five years, driven by hospitals seeking to relieve crowded and costly ERs and to recoup lost revenues.

That is the finding of a new report from medical market research firm Kalorama Information, which estimates that there are currently 9,400 urgent care centers in the United States—a trend that will continue to grow as urgent care centers increase patient flow and offer more services.

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