Primary Care

Need to get connected to primary care resources?

A primary Care Provider (PCP) is a health care provider that may be a doctor or a nurse practitioner. This person is your main provider (your Medical Home) for your health care. If you need to see a specialist, your PCP will help you know who to see and how to see them. Your PCP will be available to answer questions you may have, and work with you to manage your health care. If you have further questions about primary care providers in Whatcom County, feel free to visit our Contact page to get in touch with a team member who can help you further.

Call your insurance company first and request that they provide you with a list of local PCP’s in your area who accept your insurance. Next, call the clinic or practice you are interested in and ask if they are still accepting your health insurance and if they are accepting new patients. Note: There may be a waiting period before you can be seen as a new patient at a doctor’s office.
Individuals without health insurance are responsible for paying for their own medical care costs. One option would be to seek care at a Community Health Centers (CHC’s). CHC’s work on a sliding fee scale, so the amount you pay depends on your income. Their services include medical, dental, and behavioral health services. CHC’s in Whatcom County include:

Unity Care NW Community Health Center

  • Bellingham Medical Clinic: 200 Unity Street in Bellingham, (360) 676-6177
  • Ferndale Medical Clinic: 5616 3rd Ave in Ferndale (360) 752-7410

SeaMar Community Health Centers

  • Bellingham Medical Clinic: 4455 Cordata Parkway in Bellingham, (360) 671-3225
  • Everson Medical Clinic: 6884 Hannegan Rd in Everson, (360) 354-0766

Map of Community Health Centers in Whatcom County


Another option would be to call a physician group or clinic and ask if they are currently open to new patients as a “private pay patient”. For a list of physician’s groups available in Whatcom County, please visit the Whatcom Medical Society.

Whatcom Medical Society Physicians Groups

In the event that you lose or change health insurance plans, it’s important to share this information with your PCP. Call your PCP office and inform them that you have lost/changed health insurance plans. If you have a new plan, ask them if they will accept your new health insurance plan.