Urgent Care Location Determinants, Spatial Competition, Market Concentrations, and Changes in Patient Preference

My PhD dissertation is focused primarily on the urgent care market.  I have three main topics that I am exploring:

Chapter 01 deals with the changing landscape for providers offering quick and convenient care and patients wanting an 'on-demand' style of care.  The history and growth of the urgent care market over the last 20 years is examined in how it could be replacing the 'medical home' and main role performed by physicians.

Chapter 02 deals with the determinants that influence the location of urgent care facilities.  Spatial analysis is performed at the census tract and county levels, incorporating a few different two-part statistical models to control for both the presence and abundance of urgent care.

Chapter 03 deals with spatial competition of urgent cares among hospitals, physicians, and specialists using foot-traffic data.  This study also examines the impact of the pandemic's onset.  Catchment areas are defined by two methods dealing with either provider or patient location.


Shooshan Danagoulian and Thomas Wilk "Locking Out Prevention:  Dental Care in the Midst of a Pandemic" (2022). 31:9 1973-1992 Health EconomicsUngated copy here.

Thomas Wilk “Bitcoin: The good, the bad, and the ugly.” Oakland Country Legal News. June 15, 2016, 3-4.

Thomas Wilk "High School Graduation Rates in the Metro-Detroit Area: What Really Affects Public Secondary Education."  Undergraduate Economic Review v5.n1, 2009.  Ungated copy here.

Working Papers

Thomas Wilk “Competitive Analysis Amongst Healthcare Providers: Catchment Area Modeling by Firm and Patient Location. Dissertation chapter 3 & Job market paper, Wayne State University, December 2023.

Shooshan Danagoulian, Monica Deza, Timothy Hodge, and Thomas Wilk "Marijuana Munchies or Couch LockEffects of Recreational Marijuana Laws on Exercise and Nutrition."  November 2023.

Thomas Wilk “Urgent Care Location Analysis Amongst Potential Competitors: County and Census Tract Modeling.” Dissertation chapter 2, Wayne State University, September 2023.

Work In Progress

Michael Pesko and Thomas Wilk "Tobacco Tax Policy and its Effects on Hookah and Cigar Lounges", December 2023.

Thomas Wilk "Medical Concordance Bias: Differences in Genders of Provider and Patient", November 2023.

Joelle Abramowitz, Shooshan Danagoulian, Owen Flemming, and Thomas Wilk "Seasonal Allergy Blues: Is Mental Health Worse on High Pollen Days?"  September 2023.

Walter Ryley and Thomas Wilk "Hospital Catchment Modeling based on Price Elasticity and Competiive Presence."  September 2023.

Thomas Wilk "Medical Concordance in Expecting and Recent Mothers: Implicit Bias in Provider Gender and Race." October 2023.

Walter Ryley and Thomas Wilk "Risk Assessment of Recreational Marijuana Laws and Long Haul Trucking" September 2023.

Shooshan Danagoulian and Thomas Wilk "Health Outcomes and Tax Delinquency for Detroit Residents." June 2023.

Noemi Peter and Thomas Wilk "Gender Roles in Healthcare: Disparities between Provider and Patient Care."  July 2023.

Thomas Wilk “Determining Michigan County Opioid Prescription Rates.” December 2019.


Oral: "Marijuana Munchies or Couch Lock: Effects of Recreational Marijuana Laws on Exedrcise and Nutrition."

American Society of Health Economists, June 2024, San Diego, CA.

Federal Drug Administration, Office of Economics and Analysis Brown Bag, April 2024, Silver Spring, MD.

Midwest Economic Association, March 2024, Chicago, IL.

Oral: “Competitive Analysis Amongst Healthcare Providers: Catchment Area Modeling by Firm and Patient Location.”

Southern Economic Association, November 2023, New Orleans, LA.

Western Economic Association International, July 2023, San Diego, CA.

Graduate Research Symposium, March 2023, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Oral: "Locking Out Prevention: Dental Care in the Midst of a Pandemic", H2D2, March 2021, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Oral: “Bitcoin: The good, the bad, and the ugly.”, Birmingham-Bloomfield Coin Club, March 2018, Birmingham, MI.

Media & News

"Paying the Price: Health Care Inflation" Channel 7 News WXYZ, Keenan Smith Morning News with Thomas Wilk and Michael Greiner, February 17, 2022.

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