With fewer than 20 hospitals through the State, Rhode Island has one of the lowest hospital and urgent care presence in the country. However, they claim the fourth highest number of physicians per capita. As a result, state of Rhode Island was ranked 10th in the country for overall healthcare in 2012. This brought it up three spots from 13th the year prior.

Understanding Healthcare in Rhode Island

One of the problems that is keeping the state from ranking higher is the high number of preventable and unneeded hospitalizations. In addition, there is a prevalence of binge drinking, a large number of physical health and mental health days taken off of work and a higher than average smoking population one in five adults in the state smoke. People in the state use their medical facilities more than people in other states. On average, those in Rhode Island visit their doctor 4.3 times per year. Nationwide, people tend to visit their physician 3.1 times each year. While in some cases this helps the state's average health, it doesn't seem to cut down on the number of people visiting urgent and emergency care facilities.

As the Affordable Care Act begins to roll out, the 12% of uninsured patients will gain new access that they haven't had before. Below are additional statistics from HHS.gov further defining the uninsured populations in Rhode Island who will be eligible through the new healthcare marketplaces:

  • 100,952 (12%) are uninsured and eligible
  • 71,776 (71%) have a full-time worker in the family
  • 44,827 (44%) are 19-34 years old
  • 66,941 (66%) are White
  • 7,998 (8%) are African American
  • 17,484 (17%) are Latino/Hispanic
  • 3,829 (4%) are Asian American or Pacific Islander
  • 57,789 (57%) are male

Urgent Care in Rhode Island

Urgent care facilities offer patients a great way to get the care they need, quickly and efficiently. These facilities are the perfect alternative to emergency rooms when an illness or injury is not life-threatening. In fact, these facilities help cut down the number of people waiting to be seen in the emergency rooms. Throughout the state there are about 3,500 physicians. These physicians staff a number of facilities from walk-in clinics to urgent care, and more.

Specific urgent care and walk-in clinic services available in may include STD testing flu shots, school physicals and many other valuable services

Highest Rated Urgent Care Centers

Top Rated Urgent Care Centers in Rhode Island

  • Ocean State Urgent Care, Warwick
    Open
    1131 Warwick Ave Warwick, RI 02888
    Open from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm today
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    Reviewed on Mar 2020

    Unfortunately had to be tested for coronavirus. Staff was pleasant, explained the process and did not sugarcoat how uncomfortable the test was. Thank you

  • Reviewed on Mar 2020

    We took my 12 year old son in for a small laceration on the back of his head. The person who checked us in was thorough and friendly. My son was well cared for by the nurse and the doctor. Two staples were quickly done and we were out of there in a timely manner. Everyone was kind and explained everything to us, always making sure we didn’t have any concerns or questions. Very happy with the service my son received. No one wants to have to use these services, but if we do it’s good to know there’s a great place to go right in town!

Cities in Rhode Island with Urgent Care

There are 45 cities in Rhode Island with at least 1 urgent care center.


Neighborhoods in Rhode Island with Urgent Care

There are 25 neighborhoods in Rhode Island with at least 1 urgent care center.


Zip Codes in Rhode Island with Urgent Care

There are 74 zip codes in Rhode Island with at least 1 urgent care center.

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