Health department introduces primary care finder to help Philadelphians access free or low-cost services

1 in 6 Philadelphians does not have a regular source of medical care
doctor taking patient's blood pressure
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The City of Philadelphia is rolling out a new health department program to help all Philadelphians find a primary care provider.

Representatives from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Health Federation of Philadelphia and Drexel University gathered at City Hall Wednesday to announce the department’s new primary care finder tool.

Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole describes it as a web-based program to assist individuals in finding a health center in Philadelphia that offers primary care or select specialty care.

“Our goal with this tool is to make it easier for Philadelphians to access free and low-cost primary care that can help keep them healthy and identify and treat health problems early,” she said.

One in 6 Philadelphians does not have a regular source of medical care, she noted.

“That means that hundreds of thousands of people — in a city with some of the finest medical institutions in the country — aren’t getting care for chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure,” said Bettigole.

Residents can access the primary care finder tool at phila.gov/primary-care.

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