Craven County Health Department: All Patients Welcome- Insured Or Not

The Craven County Health Department now offers primary care to adults, whether they're under-insured, uninsured, or on medicaid. Nursing Director Teresa Ellen says if a patient is uninsured and working they can pay on a sliding fee scale based on their income. That scale can slide as low as 20-percent of the total charge.

"We feel as public health part of our mission is to provide a safety net for those who are unable to find services elsewhere. As I mentioned before, those folks who have no insurance or who make just enough money they aren't eligible for the free clinic, and those who have medicaid or those who have insurance; but it doesn't cover much and they have really high deductibles. We're hoping to be the safety net for those people," said Ellen.

Patients don't have to live in Craven County to use the adult primary care office. Right now it's open Monday- Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m by appointment only.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2011 at 08:31 AM
    No thanks. I learned my lesson the hard way after I got slapped with a $500 bill after taking up 5 minutes of the doctor's time. Because I experienced no pain, he could do nothing for me - even after hearing how I suffered with nausea for two months and ended up not eating anything for four days which prompted my visit. I shouldn't have had to pay a PENNY for that dismal visit.
  • by Oboy on Oct 4, 2011 at 11:52 PM
    Thanks Obama. We obviously have plenty of money in surplus. This government debt stuff is just a ruse.

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