What is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and how do they Charge for a Visit?
Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) were created by Congress in the 1960s. These centers fill the gap by providing health care to patients other providers often do not serve. Anyone is welcome at an FQHC.
FQHCs accept self-pay, Medicaid, Medicare, privately insured and uninsured patients. FQHCs serve patients whether or not they can pay. For example, payment for uninsured patients is determined on a discount sliding scale based on the income and family size of the patient. However, FQHCs are not free clinics.
What Services do they Offer?
FQHCs offer a variety of services to their patients. While all health centers offer primary care services, many additional services are provided such as: dental care, behavioral health care, substance use disorder treatment, individual and group therapy, vision services, podiatry services, laboratory services, x-ray and mammography, transportation assistance, case management, referral to specialty treatment and assistance enrolling in health insurance. Many health centers offer wellness programs for patients that often include diabetes education, cooking classes, fitness and yoga, nutrition services, WIC assistance, community gardens and prescription produce programs.