Health Care In Onslow County
There are many health care services in Onslow County for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act. North Carolina has two carriers that offer different plans to its residents: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Cigna. The toll-free number for assistance with enrolling is 800-318-2596; local help also can be found at www.ncgetcovered.org and https://localhelp.healthcare.gov.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINICS AND RESOURCES
A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.
For a full list of community health centers in North Carolina, visit the North Carolina Community Health Center Association website at www.ncchca.org.
The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners website, www.ncdentalboard.org, can help you find a dentist with its roster lists. Select “License Verification” from the home page to find or verify a dentist or hygienist. You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.
Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.
- Are the dentist’s office hours convenient for your schedule?
- Is the dental office close to your home or office?
- How are dental emergencies handled?
- Does the office appear to be clean and well organized?
- Is the staff helpful and friendly?
- What are the dental office’s financial policies and how is insurance handled?
The Oral Health Section of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services can give you tips for oral health and low-cost dental care. Visit its website at https://publichealth.nc.gov/oralhealth.
FINDING A LOCAL DOCTOR
Before you arrive at your new assignment, you can check North Carolina State Medical Board’s licensee search at www.ncmedboard.org. You can browse for a provider by type or by location. This should give you a preview of the local medical practitioners as well as where you might need to go for specialized care.
Personal referrals from friends or other medical personnel can add to your options.
You can check a doctor’s certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties at www.abms.org. To see if anyone has registered a complaint or taken disciplinary action against the doctor, visit the North Carolina State Medical Board at www.ncmedboard.org/resources-information or call 800-253-9653. When you have selected a health care provider, consider the following.
- When you scheduled your appointment, was the receptionist friendly, prompt and professional? Did he or she take time to answer your questions? Were you left on hold too long?
- When you arrived for your appointment, were you greeted promptly? Was the reception area clean and comfortable? Was the staff friendly and willing to answer your questions?
- Did you have to wait long in the exam room before the doctor arrived? Was the exam room orderly and clean, with a chair for a family member?
- When the doctor arrived and introduced himself or herself, did he or she seem rushed or tired? Did you get a good first impression?
- During the consultation, did nurses or assistants pop in and out? Did the doctor seem caring, compassionate and sympathetic to your concerns? Did you feel comfortable revealing personal information? Did the doctor rush through the meeting?
Treat finding a doctor as seriously as looking for a new job or a new home. You want to be comfortable with the person who will see you while you are most vulnerable.
Veterans in Onslow County are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 6 — the Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, with the nearest major medical center in Fayetteville, approximately 120 miles from MCB Camp Lejeune. VISN 6 serves more than 390,000 veterans in North Carolina and Virginia with seven Veterans Affairs medical centers and 34 associated sites of care. The closest community outpatient clinic is in Jacksonville.
Fayetteville VA Medical Center
2300 Ramsey St.
Fayetteville, NC 28301 910-488-2120
The Fayetteville VA Medical Center is a general medical, surgical and mental health facility. The center has 58 general medical, surgical and mental health beds. It also maintains a 69-bed long-term care unit. The medical center serves veterans in 19 counties in southeastern North Carolina.
A list of the community-based outpatient clinic and the vet center in Jacksonville follows. For a full list of clinics and other facilities, go to www.fayettevillenc.va.gov.
4006 Henderson Drive
Jacksonville, NC 28546 910-353-6406
Jacksonville Vet Center
110A Branchwood Drive
Jacksonville, NC 28546 910-577-1100
North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
413 N. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27603 844-624-8387
VA Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
The Department of Veterans Affairs improves the quality of life for North Carolina’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources.
It operates one service office in the area:
Onslow County Service Office
234 NW Corridor Blvd., Suite 201
Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-347-3309
Because emergencies can happen without warning, it is prudent to know where to go when they happen. Saving minutes in a crisis can mean saving a life. Knowing what services are available, and where, can make all the difference. Visit the following websites for more information on local hospital and medical center services.
Brynn Marr Hospital
192 Village Drive
Jacksonville, NC 28546 910-577-1400
Onslow Memorial Hospital
317 Western Blvd.
Jacksonville, NC 28546 910-577-2345
Public Health Care
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
2001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699 800-662-7030
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians, especially its most vulnerable citizens — children, the elderly, the disabled and low-income families. The department works closely with health care professionals, community leaders and advocacy groups; local, state and federal entities; and many other stakeholders to make this happen.
The department oversees 14 facilities: developmental centers, neuro-medical treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers, and two residential programs for children.
Local health units offer many different services, including communicable disease investigation and intervention, family planning, immunizations, STD counseling and testing, WIC and nutrition services, women’s health services and more. Services vary by location. A listing of the local health department in Onslow County follows. For more information on its services, visit its website.
Onslow County Health Department
612 College St.
Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-347-2154