“Thousands of urgent care clinics have popped up over the last decade. How safe are they?” In The New Republic, Niran Al-Agba, co-author of Patients at Risk, addresses this important subject.

“Urgent care clinics often look as if they are staffed by physicians, but many are staffed exclusively by nurse practitioners, who can be—and often are—mistaken to be doctors. According to the Urgent Care Association of America’s 2014 survey, only around 20 percent of urgent care clinics “use physicians only.” Put differently, as many as 80 percent rely on nurse practitioners or physician assistants to oversee care, under what can only be assumed are varying levels of oversight by physicians.”