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Do I Need a Medical/Healthcare Background? No — and Here’s Why

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Shideh Kerman of Denver admits she and her husband Darius didn’t know how to tell if a runny nose was related to an allergy or a cold. But that lack of medical background didn’t deter them from purchasing their first American Family Care (AFC) franchise.

Now, they own five locations, with a sixth in the works. A personal health scare involving one of their children helped them realize the desperate need for better health care in America. These former engineers knew they wanted to be part of the solution and provide better efficiency and accessibility for those in need of medical care.

Like the Kermans, many franchisees in the American Family Care system are entrepreneurs, not doctors. AFC provides a unique opportunity for people without a medical background to move into a lucrative business they might not otherwise have the ability to own or run.

The AFC Opportunity

American Family Care is the nation’s first and only network of franchise urgent care clinics and the fastest-growing privately owned urgent care company in the country. AFC provides quality care to patients with non-emergency medical issues like minor injuries, illnesses, and influenza in a fast and affordable manner, widening the gap between overbooked family practices and emergency rooms with long wait times and high costs.

Since their inception in the 1970s, urgent care clinics in the healthcare franchise industry number more than 10,000 locations and growing. Revenue per clinic is expected to increase to a whopping $1.7 million in 2020. AFC is a leading provider of urgent care in the U.S., with more than 200 medical centers and 600 in-network physicians across 28 states.

Backed by the leadership of 30-plus years of experience operating a successful urgent care center business, AFC provides a proven model for new franchisees of all backgrounds to follow.

The turnkey formula covers everything — from site location and build-out to software installation, integrated payroll/benefit services, and staffing assistance. Franchise business consultants with extensive sales and marketing backgrounds will assist you at every stage of the process. The framework also provides a comprehensive marketing roadmap to maximize your exposure and brand awareness in your area. Our thorough training programs and support system will make your franchise startup experience smooth and give you the confidence you need to succeed in your new career.

There are other added benefits of owning an American Family Care franchise that go beyond financial.

“We looked at a lot of concepts along our entrepreneurial journey,” says Kerman. “In addition to the tremendous opportunity for growth in the healthcare space, we also realized what a difference we could make in the lives of people in our community through American Family Care. By providing affordable, efficient, and accessible healthcare options, we affect people on a deeper level. This is important to us.”

While you might not have a medical degree and the title of doctor in front of your name, there are some necessary qualifications if you are to be a successful franchisee in the urgent care space.

An AFC owner has the following traits:

  • A motivated self-starter
  • Totally focused and 100 percent committed to the business
  • A people person
  • Communicative — they reach out and ask for advice
  • Understands and executes marketing
  • Follows the system
  • Supportive of other franchisees — team player
  • Passion for helping others
  • Have family and friends that support their business

Now that you know you don’t need the title of doctor in front of your name to get into the urgent care industry, find out if American Family Care is right for you. Reach out to us today to learn more or get started.


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