Oregon Urgent Care and Walk-in Clinics

Oregon Urgent Care and Walk-in Clinics

Over the past few years, Oregon has made public health a priority for the state’s residents. This is largely due to the fact that in 2009, 60.2 percent of adults in Oregon were overweight or obese, which represented a 121 percent increase in under two decades. Much of the deterioration of the population can be contributed to lack of physical activity and proper nutrition, both of which cause long-term effects on the populations health and contribute to unnecessary emergency room visits for preventable conditions.

But other factors are also at work.

Approximately seven percent of Oregon's population are undocumented immigrants and create a financial and healthcare burden on the state. Estimates from US Immigration Support suggest that taxpayers will spend nearly $1.5 billion annually on medical care, incarceration, and education for undocumented immigrants by 2020. This population crimps access to quality healthcare services for the rest of the state requiring Oregonians to seek alternatives.

Urgent Care in Oregon

Urgent care offers one such alternative. While Oregon urgent care centers are mostly located in populous metros like Portland and Eugene and their suburbs, these facilities offer an access point outside of the emergency rooms for patients experiencing non-life-threatening conditions. In fact, more than 50 percent of the conditions treated at an emergency room could easily be handled by and urgent care center.

Awareness and education around urgent care is part of the issue. Oregon's recent health care overhaul has reduced avoidable ER visits by 1 percent. That's a good start to addressing these issues. With more education and opportunities, people can seek treatment from urgent care centers instead of expensive ER centers.

Walk-in Clinics in Oregon

Another solution to improve population health and reduce the downstream effects on both emergency rooms and the state’s financial well-being could be retail clinics. Currently, there are few, if any, retail clinics in Oregon. In fact, the largest operators of retail clinics in the country – Walgreens and CVS (Minute Clinic) – do not have a single Oregon clinic between them.

Specific urgent care and walk-in clinic services available in Oregon may include STD testing flu shots, school physicals and many other valuable services

STD Testing Locations in Oregon

  • 107
    Walk-in clinics in Oregon
  • 0
    Retail clinics in Oregon
  • 83
    Urgent care clinics in Oregon
  • 1
    Pediatric Urgent Care Clinics in Oregon
  • 61%
    Walk-in clinics open 7 days a week in Oregon

* Stats are based on the data within the Urgent Care Locations database, and do not reference outside sources.

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STD Testing Locations in Oregon Cities