Frequently Asked Questions

Health Department Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cost of a visit?
A: The exact dollar amount of the visit is determined by the number of labs that are ordered by the physician. However, the basic cost of the visit can be given. A sliding fee scale is used to determine the cost and is based on a current pay stub and the number of household members. Insurance can be filed for services as well.

Q: What do I need to bring to my appointment?
A: Medicaid card, pay stub, insurance card, and immunization record for children.

Q: Are birth control methods free?
A: Some types are included in the cost of the clinical visit. Methods are discussed at the initial visit to assess the type that is best for you. The attending physician will recommend the method best suited for you.

Q: How can I get my records transferred?
A: You can either go to your doctor’s office and sign a Consent for Medical Records Release, or you can come to the Health Department and sign one.

Q: When can I get a pregnancy test and how much does it cost?
A: Pregnancy tests are given everyday from 8:30-11:30 and 1:00 – 4:00 except Thursdays. For all non-Medicaid clients, the test costs $31.00 and payment is due at time of service.

Q: When can I get a TB skin test and how much does it cost?
A: Skin tests are given everyday except Thursdays from 8:30-5:00. No appointment is necessary. The cost of the test depends on why the test is needed. The cost of the service is $25.00, payable at time service is rendered unless the test is for reasons of disease surveillance. Medicaid may cover the cost of service in some instances.

Q: Can I get my blood pressure checked?
A: Yes, blood pressure checks are free and no appointment is necessary.

Q: Can I get my cholesterol checked?
A: Yes, Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. The cost of the check is $19.00 and the appointment can be made by calling 252-257-1185.

Q: Can I get confidential testing and counseling for HIV?
A: Yes

Q: Can I get a copy of my child’s birth certificate?
A: No, Official copies of birth certificates are issued from the Register of Deeds office in the county in which the child was born.

Q: Can I get a copy of a death certificate?
A: No, official copies are issued from the Register of Deeds Office in the county in which the deceased died.