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. We offer services on a sliding fee scale to eligible individuals. 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.
We accept most health insurance plans
DOH-Sarasota accepts most health insurance plans, whether you have Medicaid, Medicare or private coverage.
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 providers.
Eligibility requirements at DOH-Sarasota
DOH-Sarasota offers 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 Centers (aka Senior Friendship Centers) for health services.
Services available to anyone (no eligibility requirements, though some require financial screening and/or fees for services):
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 (previously called a Clinic Card) to receive some services at DOH-Sarasota. A Health Card allows access to our sliding fee scale (depending on your ability to pay) even for services not covered by your health insurance. Eligibility specialists work with new clients to go over their individual situations and documentation.
If you plan to apply for a Health Card, we ask that you first apply to Medicaid to see if you are eligible for that program.
To obtain a Health Card, go to your nearest Eligibility office. You will be asked to provide the documentation listed below, if applicable.
This Eligibility Requirements Checklist is provided for your convenience.
To obtain a Health Card, please provide:
North Port Health Center - (941) 861-3825
Sally & Sam Shapiro Babies & Children's Medical Center - (941) 861-1400
William L. Little Health & Human Services Center (Sarasota) - (941) 861-2669