Get Help for the Sake of Your Health and Your Pocketbook
The following are useful tools to keep your body healthy and your wallet whole.
Buying lower cost pharmaceuticals
Anyone interested in saving money on drugs can participate in Oregon’s Prescription Drug Purchasing Pool, which offers a discount card that saves, on average, 42 percent. All drugs prescribed by a licensed clinician are eligible for discounts.
Enroll in the Oregon Medical Insurance Pool
For anyone denied individual coverage by an Oregon insurance company, you are eligible for a guaranteed health plan through the state's high-risk pool known as the Oregon Medical Insurance Pool. Rates are capped at 25 percent above market rate, but at the moment, they're at 15 percent. Visit the program's Web site here and apply on-line here. You may also call (800) 848-7280 or (503) 225-6620.
Looking for a medical clinic?
Check out the Coalition of Community Clinics which runs free or low-cost clinics throughout the Portland metropolitan area. To locate a clinic that meets your needs click here.
Looking for a long-term care facility?
The Oregon long-term care ombudsman offers these helpful tips with accompanying Internet resources.
General medical information
Medline Plus is a government sanctioned site for medical care and conditions
Oct 22 2008