What if I can’t afford health care?

Your fees may be discounted, based on family size and income.

Do I qualify for discounted services?

CenterPlace Health is committed to serving all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Although we do accept many healthcare insurance plans, patients who are not covered by insurance will not be turned away.

Many patients are surprised to learn that they are eligible for low-cost healthcare programs. Knowledgeable staff is available to help you understand and navigate the enrollment process.

CenterPlace Health offers medical care on a sliding scale fee discount, depending on income and family size.

Will I be able to get healthcare services with CenterPlace Health if I am on Medicaid?

We accept Medicaid/Medicare, self-pay and private insurance.

How will I be able to make an appointment?

If you are a new patient, you will need to go through the eligibility process if you are interested in receiving discounted fees. If you are an existing patient, you can call to make an appointment.

Some same day appointments are available for urgent care.

I am interested in having my fees discounted. What is the process to determine if I am eligible?

PRIOR to your first appointment, please bring the following to our Eligibility Department for review:

  • Picture ID (government ID, foreign government ID, or other ID with supervisor approval)

  • Social Security Cards or numbers (for all family members)

  • Children’s birth certificates

  • Verification of Sarasota County address (for example, mail postmarked within the last 30 days)

  • Verification of most recent 4 weeks of total Gross Household Income*

  • Health Insurance Card (deductible co-pay information), Medicaid, Medicaid MMA and/or Medicare card, private insurance cards for health, dental or prescription coverage

I don’t qualify for discounted services. Can I still receive care at CenterPlace Health?

Yes. You can pay the full fee for services. We accept many insurance plans.

How should I prepare for my appointment and what do I need to bring?

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Has CenterPlace Health separated from the Florida Department of Health-Sarasota?

Yes. CenterPlace Health became an independent primary health care provider in August 2018. Nevertheless, a strong partnership remains. We will continue to contract with the Florida Department of Health for medical services to ensure continuity of care. Responsibility for health care provision will be shifted to CPH over the next two years. The Florida Department of Health-Sarasota continues to provide public health services, such as health planning and promotions, infectious disease services (such as tracking Zika outbreaks and treating sexually transmitted diseases), environmental health and wellness programs.

Will I be able to get the same services I have been getting through the Department of Health-Sarasota?

Yes. CenterPlace Health will provide primary care health services for children, women and men, including OB/GYN, as well as mental/behavioral health care services and dental care. The Florida Department of Health-Sarasota will continue to provide public health services.

Will locations change?

We plan to provide the same currently offered primary health care services at the same three locations.

Will the cost structure change?

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, we are obligated to set our charges based on the prevailing rates for medical services in our area. The only time our charges change is if community rates change. However, there will be changes to the sliding fee discount program.

How is CenterPlace Health funded?

As a community-based not-for-profit corporation, CenterPlace Health is funded through fees for services, including private insurance and Medicare/Medicaid, donations, and grants funded by private foundations, the federal government and Sarasota County.