By Jennifer Smith
Attention, Oregon State University students! Are you looking for fast and affordable medical care or a convenient alternative to student health services? The Corvallis Clinic recently opened its first CareNow clinic right across the street from campus on Monroe Avenue. This new clinic offers online scheduling and same-day appointments designed to accommodate more patients.
The goal of CareNow is to provide the convenience and in-depth healthcare one receives at a larger retail clinic. There’s no waiting, unlike most walk-in clinics where the sickest go to the front of the line. Appointments can be made on their website with 15-minute windows to schedule. Self check-in is also available to patients using touch-screen tablet computers linked to the Corvallis Clinic’s electronic medical records system.
It offers more affordable care as well. For example, a sports physical costs only $50 as opposed to the $180 a patient would likely spend otherwise. A list of prices for other services can be found on their website, along with payment plans and the insurance policies they accept.
The clinic is staffed by nurse practitioners and certified medical assistants rather than physicians, so the staff mainly covers minor illnesses, sudden injuries, shots, vaccines, preventive care, physicals, and some laboratory tests. If a patient comes in with a more serious health condition, they may be referred to an urgent care clinic or the hospital emergency room.
CareNow is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but closes for lunch from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Appointments can be made online at www.carenoworegon.com, by phone at 541-754-1369, or in person at 2001 NW Monroe Avenue, Suite 104, between Dutch Bros and Qdoba Mexican Grill.