Urgent care centers represent one of the fastest-growing segments within the American healthcare system. A 2010 study by the Rand Corporation found that nearly one in five visits to hospital ERs could be treated at urgent care centers, potentially saving $4.4 billion annually in health-care costs. In some states, urgent care centers have point-of-care prescription dispensing, to ensure that the patient can receive his or her prescriptions before leaving the center. The urgent care movement began in the 1970s in the United States, but has grown exponentially around the globe since then. This infographic has been brought to you by Doctors Express Urgent Care.