Online resources that list free medical help hotlines include WebMD, Teen Health and the National Institutes of Health. Most medical help hotlines provide a toll-free phone number, and individuals can call during designated times to get answers to various health-related questions, or emergency assistance during a crisis.
Individuals who need information about travel vaccinations or are concerned about diseases spreading within local communities can contact the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Women's Health Information Center dispenses information and referrals for a number of health topics important to women. Minority focused health hotlines include the Minority Health Resource Center and Su Familia Health Helpline, which provides assistance to members of the Hispanic community. Individuals curious about the latest clinical trials can contact the National Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The American Board of Medical Specialties is the organization to call to check the credentials of doctors.
Teens struggling with issues such as drug and alcohol addiction, abuse, depression and bullying are able to call a wide-range of health hotlines. The crisis call center and suicide prevention center phone numbers are in operation 24-hours a day, year-round. Some hotlines exist to improve awareness and share information about specific medical conditions. The Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign and National Diabetes Education Program each have hotlines to assist those seeking help.