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Medical care, dental care, nutrition and self-care are all important to your health.

Everyone deserves to have a primary care provider close to home. A primary care doctor helps you when you’re healthy or when you’re sick, keeping you and your family healthy through all stages of life. There are a variety of high-quality doctors right here in your community. The documents and links below provide an overview of health care options in the KC metro to help you find a doctor that meets your needs.

Search Metro KC health clinics in the 211 database.

Wyandotte County Safety Net Clinics
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Certified Application Counselors

Certified Application Counselors, or CACs, can assist with understanding health insurance options, applying for Marketplace Health Insurance, Medicaid and/or Medicare.

Search for Metro KC CACs in the 211 database.

Tip: Make sure to have an emergency contact list and list of medications for each family member in case medical care is needed.

Preventive Health Care

Why should I have a primary care provider?
Source: Mayo Clinic

A primary care provider (PCP) — who may come from family medicine or internal medicine, depending on your needs — is specialized in diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide variety of conditions. Additional benefits include:


A PCP knows the intricacies of your health and wellness which helps personalize your care and save time that may have previously been spent explaining medical history, personal issues, etc. This relationship helps deliver the right care for you, not a one-size-fits-all approach.

Prevention and Condition Management

A PCP will screen for and help manage all major health-related conditions in order to improve quality of life. That may include obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and more.

Caring For You as a Team

PCP teams are commonly comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, Patient Access staff and patient care associates intended to provide different perspectives and levels of care.

Contact your insurance provider to find a list of primary care providers and begin the search for a provider that is right for you.

What is the difference between visiting a primary care provider and the emergency room or urgent care?

PCP: You go to a primary care provider when you are well for check-ups and physicals, and when you are sick

ER: You only go when you are very sick and can't see your PCP or you have a life threatening illness

PCP: You will usually see the same provider each time

ER: You will see the provider that is working that day

PCP: Your provider will check all areas of your health and may focus on things you weren't concerned about

ER: The provider will mainly check the problem/illness that brought you to the emergency room/urgent care

PCP: You may have a shorter wait time in the office and a longer visit with your provider

ER: You may have a much longer wait time and your interaction with the provider will be shorter

PCP: Your provider will be able to access your complete health record and help you with your health in the long term

ER: The provider who sees you may or may not be able to access your health records or health history

It's important to remember that you may have a higher copay or coinsurance for visits to the emergency department or urgent care.

Why do I need regular dental visits?
Source: Oral Health Foundation

Dental appointments shouldn’t just be made when you have a problem that needs to be addressed. Preventing a problem is easier than fixing one, and there are many reasons to get regular dental care:

Check for Mouth Cancer

During a check up, dentists will do an examination for signs of mouth cancer, as well as head and neck cancer. They will check for any red or white patches in the mouth, as well as lumps on the neck and head. Usually these checks will find nothing unusual, but they could potentially save your life.

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists are mainly concerned with ‘preventive’ dental health and treating gum disease – showing you correct home care and helping you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar, both of which encourage tooth decay and gum disease.

Consultations about Tooth Whitening

Your dentist is in the best position to give you advice about your options when it comes to tooth whitening because there are many myths about whitening and safety issues.

Help and Advice Specific to You

A dentist has trained for years to be qualified and will provide guidance you can trust. By visiting your dentist regularly you can build a good relationship that will allow them to tailor advice and support specific to your needs over a long period of time.

Insurance 101

Common Health Insurance Terms
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Different Types of Insurance
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Qualifying for Insurance
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Life Changes and Marketplace Insurance
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