Cost of Services
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) works to
make sure its services are available to as many people as possible.
The cost of a service depends on your ability to pay. There is no
cost associated with some services. Other services require you to pay,
if you have the ability. Your ability to pay is determined by the Eligibility
office (see below).
The best way to find out the cost of a
particular service, once you know your eligibility status, is to contact
that service department directly. You can find contact information
listed under each service's web page or on the
Contact Us page.
Federally Qualified Health Center
DOH-Sarasota is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). No one is
refused health care. However, everyone must pay their fair share based
on income and family size. Proof of Sarasota County residency is
required for certain facilities that handle referrals from primary care
Primary health care services are provided under a private/public
partnership with Community Health Center of North Port, Inc.
Eligibility requirements at DOH-Sarasota
many services that are available to anyone; other services require you
to meet certain eligibility requirements prior to receiving the service.
Age Requirement: DOH-Sarasota serves residents under 55
years of age.
Residents aged 55 years and older should contact the
Friendship Center for health services.
Services available to anyone (no
eligibility requirements, though some require financial screening and/or
fees for services):
- Birth control (contraceptives)
- Family planning
- Childhood immunizations (vaccinations)
- Immunizations for foreign travel
- Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing, treatment, and
Other services require a Health Card and are available only to
persons determined to be eligible.
Obtaining a Health Card
You must have a Health Card (sometimes called a Clinic Card) to receive some services at
Eligibility specialists work with new clients to go over their
individual situations and documentation.
To obtain a Health Card, go to
your nearest Eligibility office.
You will be asked to provide the following documentation, if applicable.
- Photo ID (U.S. or foreign government ID, or other ID with
- Social Security cards/numbers (all family members)
- Children's birth certificates
- Proof of Sarasota County residency (required of some clients)
Proof includes one piece of mail in your name received in the last
30 days showing a Sarasota County address
- Proof of insurance (if applicable)
Proof includes a health insurance card with deductible/co-pay
information; Medicaid, Medicaid HMO and/or Medicare card; and
private insurance cards for any health, dental or prescription plans
- Verification of Alien Status (if applicable - for non-U.S.
May include Permanent Resident Alien cards (”Green Cards”),
Employment Authorization Document, valid passport, I-94 form, visas,
and any other Immigration or Homeland Security documents
- Verification of total gross household income for the four most
recent weeks, which may include:
- Pay stubs (or for a new job, provide a letter from your
employer stating hours, rate of pay, and how often paid)
- Bank statements - from most recent month for all accounts
- Other income - proof of monthly amount of any income from
Social Security, alimony, child support, Unemployment / Workers
Compensation, pensions, trusts, bank accounts, rental income,
- If self-employed, provide most recent 3 months’ business
ledgers/records and most recent 3 months’ bank statements
- If you are supported by someone else, provide a written
statement of support including that person’s name, address, and
phone number; the date, and the amount you receive each month
- Additional information may be required on a case-by-case
This list is for informational purposes only; please make an
appointment with an Eligibility specialist to determine what
information will be required of you.
What if I don't have health insurance coverage?
DOH-Sarasota has a team of
Certified Application Counselors ready to assist county residents in
navigating the new Health Insurance Marketplace ("Exchange") created as
part of the Affordable Care Act. Counselors give group and
one-on-one meetings to answer questions, help you find health coverage,
and help you determine if you qualify for financial assistance... all at
no cost to you.
Eligibility Offices - Hours and Contact Information
Little Health & Human Services Center (Sarasota) - (941)
Health Center - (941) 861-3825
- Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri: 8am-4pm
- Tue: 8-11am & 3-4pm