Partners Healthcare to open urgent care clinics in Boston suburbs and beyond

The Globe reports that Partners is getting into the the walk-in clinic business, with plans to open three and eventually 12.

Seems this is a new run at the market, which is growing here and elsewhere.

parnerslogoPartners will offer an advantage: unlike many other urgent care centers, it will accept Medicaid, aka Mass Health.

Not that it will have to in towns with uninsured rates like Brookline (1.1 percent),

Newton (1.6 percent) and Watertown (3.8 percent). Per capita income suggests the percent covered by Mass Health will be low as well.

From The Globe:

Urgent care centers cater to patients who have health problems — such as colds, infections, cuts, and fractures — that aren’t serious enough to warrant a visit to the emergency room. Such clinics have been on the rise as more patients, facing long waits for doctor visits and high costs at hospital emergency rooms, seek new options for care

 Partners is late to urgent care. Steward Health Care System, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lahey Health, and others also are already in the business, either directly or with partners.

But Partners has advantages in its size and reputation. It is the parent of 10 hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s, and has 6,000 doctors, the largest network in the state. It also is planning more urgent care locations than most of its competitors.

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