Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

What is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and what are the benefits?

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), also known as Community Health Centers (CHCs), have been the backbone of the healthcare safety-net provider system in the US for over 40 years. They are responsible for serving the uninsured and underinsured population groups.
They are a type of provider defined by Medicare and Medicaid statute and offer comprehensive primary healthcare services to people of all ages, including: health screenings, medical management, prenatal care, family planning, immunizations, and more.

Benefits of an FQHC:

  • Enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement
  • Medical malpractice coverage through the Federal Tort Claims Act
  • Eligibility to purchase prescription and non-prescription medications for outpatients at reduced cost through the 340B Drug Pricing Program
  • Access to National Health Service Corps
  • Access to the Vaccine for Children program
  • Eligibility for various other federal grants and programs

The following local clinics are FQHCs:

Family Health Centers of SW Florida
4300 Kings Highway, Suite 500
Port Charlotte, FL 33980

866-355-2348 - Primary Care
239-344-2306 - Primary Care
239-344-2337 - Dental


North Port Health Center
6950 Outreach Way
North Port, FL 34287

941-861-3820 - Primary Care
941-861-3888 - Dental Clinic





For information after business hours please call 941-624-7200.

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