The National Library of Medicine provides current, reliable health and medical information. Includes descriptions of diseases and conditions, their symptoms, treatment and prevention; a medical encyclopedia; information on drugs, herbs and supplements; and more. Watch videos and interactive tutorials, or sign up for free email updates on the latest health or medical news. Also available in Spanish and other languages.
Information on medical conditions and their diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Choose the Consumer Version, written in everyday language, the Professional Version with more advanced content or switch between the two. Both versions provide image, video and audio resources. Also available in Spanish.
National Institutes of Health — Health Information
Offers access to health and medical resources, including information on clinical research trials, and PubMed, a database of citations of professional biomedical and life sciences literature (with links to free, full-text sources where available). Information on the NIH website is also available in Spanish
Drug Information Portal
This database, from the National Library of Medicine, provides information on more than 80,000 drugs, including prescription and nonprescription drugs, dietary supplements and investigational drugs. Searchable by generic or brand name.
Drugs, Herbs and Supplements
From the MedlinePlus website, information on prescription and over-the-counter medicines as well as herbs and supplements.
Tracks prescription drug prices and offers discount coupons. Find the best price at a pharmacy in your area.
A nonprofit organization that helps individuals find low-cost patient assistance programs for prescription medicines, discount prescription drug card programs and more. You can search for programs by a drug's brand or generic name or by pharmaceutical company name. Information is also available in Spanish.
The National Library of Medicine provides this website to help you identify prescription drugs in pill form.
Cover Virginia: Connecting Virginians to Affordable Health Insurance
A guide to applying for low or no cost health insurance programs for eligible individuals, families or children. Among the programs included are Medicaid, FAMIS, FAMIS MOMS, Plan First, Smiles for Children and the Governor's Access Plan (GAP). Sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Translations of this site are available in Spanish and other languages.
Information and assistance for individuals and small businesses on obtaining health insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Produced by the Virginia Poverty Law Center.
Free or Low-Cost Medical Care for Children
Programs for children in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Fairfax County Department of Family Services.
A provision of the Affordable Care Act, HealthCare.gov enables one-stop shopping for health insurance in each state's Health Insurance Marketplace (health care exchange). From this site, consumers can compare coverage from all the qualified health care options available in their state and enroll in the program most suitable to their needs and budget. The website is managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Also available in Spanish.
Provides health care and health-related services to low-income individuals and families. Medicaid is sponsored jointly by the federal and state governments and is administered by each state.
Medical Assistance Programs
Virginia Department of Social Services describes various medical assistance programs offered in Virginia, who is covered and the eligibility requirements for each. A link to apply online is provided. Available in many languages.
Mental Health Services
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board — Mental Health Services
Counseling, medication, crisis response, and other services for people of all ages with mental health concerns.
Healthy Minds Fairfax
Healthy Minds Fairfax coordinates a full range of mental health and substance abuse services for children and youth across multiple county agencies, the school system and private treatment providers.
Suicide Prevention Information and Resources
If you or someone you care about may be at risk of suicide, don't hesitate to reach out for help right away. Resources are available 24/7. Provided by Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.
Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP)
Call them for help understanding Medicare, Medigap, drug plans and long-term care insurance. Fairfax County Department of Family Services.
Good Starting Points
The following government websites enable you to verify whether physicians, dentists and other health care providers are licensed to practice, see whether there are any disciplinary actions against a practitioner, or file a complaint.
Information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals, including over 130 Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers, across the country. Provided by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Is My Doctor Board Certified?
Verify a physician's board certification status or search for board-certified physicians by geographical area and specialty or sub-specialty. The site is developed and maintained by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Nursing Home Compare
This database provides information, including inspection results, of every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the United States. Provided by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Provider and Services Directories
MedlinePlus provides links to directories that help you locate doctors, dentists and other health care professionals; hospitals and other health care facilities; and health care services.