Starting in July, some Jackson County employees will have access to a new health clinic with a price tag that can’t be beat: it’s free. The county has contracted with a company called miCare, which runs similar clinics throughout the Northwest, to provide public employees with free primary care services, lab work and prescription drugs. Employees can make a 20-minute appointment with a doctor or nurse practitioner, and if they need medical care beyond what the clinic can provide, the county will pay for it. The new clinic will save Jackson County more than $350,000 in the next three years, county administrator Danny Jordan told OPB.
In 2011, Deschutes County was the first municipality in Oregon to open a free primary care clinic for employees. The Deschutes Onsite Clinic has saved the county and its employees combined more than $500,000, according to a 2013 report. We’ll explore some of the challenges to setting up and running these kinds of facilities, and what Jackson County hopes for its new clinic.
- Don Skundrick: Commissioner, Jackson County
- Erik Kropp: Deputy county administrator, Deschutes County