Hospitals and Health Departments

Hospitals and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) contribute greatly to helping low income and uninsured Virginians get the care they need.

Is there financial assistance available to help me afford hospital care?

Virginia hospitals have financial assistance policies designed to help low-income patients pay their hospital bills. These policies explain who is eligible for free or discounted care. Typically eligibility is based on the patient’s income level, but other criteria may apply. Assistance may be available to both uninsured and underinsured individuals.

Each Virginia hospital or health system sets its own policies regarding discounted or free care.  To find out a particular hospital’s policy, you can either call the hospital’s general information number and ask to speak with the office that handles financial assistance, go to the Financial Assistant Policies on the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) website. The VHHA’s Price Point database also provides the average cost for many services provided by Virginia hospitals.

To locate a hospital near you, review a list of hospitals across Virginia.

How can my local Health Department help?

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) provides core public health services through its 35 health district offices and 119 local health departments statewide.  Some VDH Health Districts also provide expanded heath safety net services (medical or dental care).  Typically, services are provided on the State of Virginia Sliding Scale Fee Schedule according to ability to pay.

To find your local health district, view an interactive map of local health districts statewide. Contact your local health district to find out which services are available near you, who is eligible to receive them, what, if any, costs are involved, and the days/hours of operation.