Health Care Survival Guide

How to see a Doctor
Philadelphia District Health Centers
Federal Health Centers
Suburban Health Centers
Community Mental Health Centers

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Philadelphia District Health Centers

Health Care is available to uninsured and low-income people through a variety of programs. No one should be forced to do without health care. A more detailed description of health programs is found in another UIC publication called Guaranteeing Health Care for Pennsylvania's Uninsured.
This section covers how to see a doctor and what health care programs are available for low income and uninsured people, including hospital care.

How to see a Doctor

It is a difficult task for many uninsured people to find a doctor to provide needed medical services. Without health insurance this proves to be a difficult task. Throughout Philadelphia and the suburbs there are city, federal and community health centers that provide free or low-cost health care to uninsured individuals. They may charge a small fee for services, depending on your income and family, but services are free for those who cannot afford to pay. These health centers will provide quality care to people whether or not they have insurance.

Each of the health centers offers a variety of services and not all of the health centers offer the same services. Services available at the health centers include internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice, lab tests, X-rays, immunizations, dental care for children, minimal dental care for adults, prenatal care as part of the Maternal and Infant Care Program, family planning services and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Food Program. The Centers will also fill prescriptions written by their doctors. Some health centers have evening hours and some help arrange transportation for you. A number of the clinics have staff that speak Spanish and others have staff that speak some Asian languages and Russian.

Be sure to call ahead to find which health center has the services you need.

Philadelphia District Health Centers

Any Philadelphia resident is eligible for free or low cost care at the City's District Health Centers.

Once a person has registered with one of the neighborhood centers, s/he can go to the Health Center whenever medical care is needed. The Health Center will provide specialists, tests and referrals for hospital care as needed. They will also provide medications, for prescriptions written by their doctors. Prescriptions can be filled at the pharmacy located in each health center.

To register, call the Center that is most convenient for you. You may go to a health center by registering on any day as walk-in patient. However, for walk ins you should go early because most centers have cut-off hours for walk-ins and generally patients who have appointments are seen first. Health Centers also provide emergency medical care for conditions that do not require hospitalization.

Philadelphia District Health Center Locations

District Health Center #1 (STDs only) 215-685-6570 1400 Lombard St
(Mon. - Friday: 8:45AM- 4:15PM; Philadelphia, PA 19146
Mon. and Wed: 4:30PM-7:15PM)
District Health Center #2 215-685-1800 1720 S. Broad St.
(Call first: hours depend of services needed) Philadelphia, PA 19145
District Health Center #3 215-685-7501
Strawberry Mansion Health Center 215-978-2400 2840 W. Dauphin St.
(Mon.-Fri. 8:00AM - 5:00PM; Philadelphia, PA 19132
Every other Thursday evening til 8PM)
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