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MD Now(R) Urgent Care Releases Top 6 Health Predictions for 2014

PRNewswire

01-02-14

Largest urgent care company in Florida identifies health trends to watch in the coming year. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MD Now Medical Centers, the fastest growing independent provider of urgent care in South Florida today released its 2014 health predictions.

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"The Affordable Health Act has ushered in a new type of patient - one more involved, educated and active in their own healthcare. Patients now seek the most affordable care possible and understand that the doctor-patient relationship with a single doctor has changed," said Peter Lamelas, M.D. and CEO of MD Now Urgent Care. "While health-related issues may increase this year, changes in the healthcare delivery system and medical science will certainly escalate. It's going to be an exciting year."

MD Now Urgent Care predicts the following issues are the ones to watch:

1. Flu season whoops a powerful punch - the 2012-2013 flu season claimed 164

children, making it one of the worst in recent history. The influenza virus

is most devastating to the young and old, so with an aging population,

getting a flu shot will be more important than ever.

2. More affordable healthcare settings proliferate - a move away from

hospitals to more community-based options like urgent care.

3. Cost shifting - patients will see higher co-pays and deductibles with

overall patient responsibility increasing across the board, especially for

emergency rooms and other costly care settings.

4. Diabetes increases - risks of early-onset diabetes increases with exposure

to maternal diabetes; overall increases in adult diabetes is creating an

increase in diabetes diagnosis and treatment at younger ages.

5. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) climbs in young adults - chlamydia and

gonorrhea will increase in the young. Women carry the most long-term health

problems as the result of STDs.

6. Prescription drug abuse increases - prescription painkillers will remain a

serious problem. One in 10 Americans are reported using prescription drugs

prescribed to someone else. About MD Now Urgent Care Centers

MD NOW(R) Urgent Care Walk-In Medical Centers, the leading provider of urgent care medical services in Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade County, Florida, offering urgent care, primary care, occupational medicine, physical therapy and comprehensive healthcare services. MD NOW(R) Urgent Care has multiple convenient locations, open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 365 days/year. Call; 888-MDNow-911, online; www.MyMDNow.com.

SOURCE MD Now Medical Centers

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