What is an FQHC?

FQHC stands for Federally Qualified Health Center. A FQHC is a community health center that gets support from the federal government because it follows regulations about the scope and quality of its health services and provides those services to anyone, regardless of ability to pay.

  • A FQHC sees anyone, of any age who needs care.
  • A FQHC seee patients with insurance and those without.
  • Patients who come to a FQHC who are NOT covered by insurance can be charged for their care using an income-based sliding fee scale.  This sliding scale can also be applied to charges for underinsured patients – those with high deductibles and co-pays.
  • No patient is ever turned away because of inability to pay
  • A FQHC provides services that are coordinated, compassionate comprehensive and collaborative.  Our adult, pediatric and SBHC services include mental health, dental and other services necessary to meet our patient’s needs.
  • An important component of care by a FQHC is providing care that is culturally sensitive and non discriminatory.
  • A FQHC is accessible to patients, providing appointments when they need them, providing after-hours care and showing a commitment to removing barriers to care for all patients

Community health centers provide high quality health care to the underserved and uninsured.  Nationwide there are over 1,200 community health centers

Community health centers offer “one-stop shopping”—primary and preventive health care visits, lab services, dental and mental health services and case management —  all conveniently located, coordinated and tailored to meet the patient’s needs.

North Country Family Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center and a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) deemed facility.