Gov. Kate Brown is moving towards reopening Oregon.
As a first step, she said she will allow health care providers to provide non-urgent surgeries and procedures starting May 1 if they meet certain criteria.
The increased isolation forced by the coronavirus epidemic can affect a person’s health. But there are ways to overcome loneliness and isolation.
The Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center – a joint effort between Sky Lakes Medical Center and Oregon Health & Science University to advance health care – made its first public appearance Dec. 12 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house.
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The goals of health reform: increase the quality of healthcare, expand access to that care, and save money. The reality is turning out to be a lot messier for Oregon’s rural hospitals.
Rural areas have a disproportionate need for primary care physicians but, according to a panel of physicians at Rural Health Journalism 2014, that need is not being met.
It's more than 30 miles to the closest hospital. There’s no public transportation.
The Vernonia Health Center has even officially been designated a rural clinic by Medicare.
Of Oregon’s population, 25 percent live in rural areas, but only 9 percent of medical doctors serve those communities, according to Dr. Lisa Dodson, director of Rural Health Programs at Oregon Health and Science University, who spoke at the Oregon Rural Health Conference in Portland.
Significant federal policy changes could force many providers to opt out of Oregon’s well-established immunization program, potentially leaving kids around the state unvaccinated and with a higher risk of disease, state health care leaders and providers say.
Oregon’s rural counties have gotten a break on premium prices on Cover Oregon, bucking national reports of sky-high insurance premiums in rural areas on the federal exchange.