West Salem Dental Clinic
The West Salem Dental Clinic is a component of the West Salem Medical Clinic, and as such, operates as a 501(c)3 partially federally-funded under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act.
Grant funding received by the clinic enables it to provide dental services to individuals and families with incomes under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level at an affordable cost. The clinic also sees patients who are typically “underinsured”, usually those with Oregon Health Plan benefits. Nearly all of West Salem Dental Clinic’s patients are either uninsured or underinsured.
Most of the clinic’s patients experience other difficulties in accessing dental services than just financial ones. Some are mentally ill, some are homeless, others don't speak English, may be disabled, or simply lack transportation. The clinic’s mission is to assist in overcoming as many of these barriers to care as possible.
In calendar year 2010, West Salem Dental Clinic provided care to 1,495 patients in Marion and Polk Counties. Although we are proud of the services we deliver, the uninsured alone in Marion and Polk Counties is estimated at well over 50,000 persons. (Oregon Population Survey, 2008).
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West Salem Dental Clinic expand services to additional needy individuals,
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