Health Care in Indian River County

Public Health in Indian River County
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The public health department is a unit of the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, whose basic purpose is to provide comprehensive outpatient medical care to eligible, low-income citizens. Its responsibilities also encompass the protection of health for all of the county's population.

Services provided are organized within two categories: primary care and environmental health.

Primary care means first-level health services for those with limited incomes. Fees are charged based on income and ability to pay. Services include:

  • Comprehensive adult and child health care, such as physical examinations, diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses
  • Tuberculosis: skin tests to detect infection, treatment or follow-up care
  • Immunization
  • AIDS screening
  • Venereal disease
  • Well-child examinations, testing, measurements, immunizations, counseling and referral
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Prenatal care
  • Family planning, birth control, education and counseling
  • Supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children (WIC)
  • School health services: assist teachers, students and parents
  • Medicaid/Medicare screenings: preventative screening for Medicaid recipients under 21
  • Children's medical services (MS): a program for crippled or afflicted children with chronic disabilities

Environmental health
encompasses inspections, monitoring programs, education and investigations in the areas of food hygiene.

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