Oakridge health care clinic to open

Oakridge health care clinic to open

A startup project aimed at providing health care to rural areas is moving forward.

What started out as a school project — Falvey is a recent University of Oregon business school graduate and Alexander will graduate this year — is now turning into what they, and others, are hoping will be a pilot project for rural health care that can be replicated across the state and beyond.

The plan is simple: Members of Orchid Health will pay a flat monthly fee — starting at $39 for birth to age 35 — for unlimited visits, with the focus on preventative and primary care. Discounts are offered to families and people who pay in advance. Small businesses get a special flat rate deal. Plans also are offered for Medicare and Medicaid recipients, who do not have to pay a membership fee.

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