Portland is home to an array of world-class health facilities and highly-trained doctors. As with the rest of the country, though, the problem with healthcare is the extraordinarily high cost involved.
The Oregon Health Plan (OHP) is the state’s Medicaid programme that provides free health services for people below a particular poverty line. This coverage includes doctor visits, hospital care, mental health services, dental, and some eye care.
For those that aren’t eligible for OHP, however, major traumas can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, those that can’t afford it have limited access to medical treatment. By law no one can be turned away from emergency services, but patients can expect to pay substantial fees afterwards.
It is recommended that newcomers to Portland get a comprehensive medical insurance policy that gives them access to the best facilities and specialists the city has to offer, and covers any day-to-day health expenses. This can be with either a local or international health insurance company.
Newcomers will be able to find pharmacies all over Portland, in grocery stores, department stores, hospitals and clinics. Some pharmacies in the city are also open 24/7.
Hospitals in Portland
Address: 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, Portland
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Address: 9205 SW Barnes Rd, Portland
Providence Portland Medical Center
Address: 4805 NE Glisan St, Portland
Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Centre
Address: 10180 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas
►For more information about the American medical system, see Healthcare in the USA.
►To find out about the different transport options in the city, see Getting Around in Portland.
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