Frequently Asked Questions
What if I don’t have any insurance?

This is not a problem here at The Smith Center.  We accept all and any types of insurance.  However, if you don’t have any insurance this is not a problem.  We are equipped to provide all our services free of cost.  If you have no insurance and your household annual income is over a certain level we will adjust the cost based on a sliding scale.  Please inquire further with our staff if you have any further questions about our sliding scale.

What if I don’t have HIV?

We do provide medical services for non HIV infected patients.  As an infectious diseases practice we are equipped to manage other infectious diseases.  However, at this point we are funded to provide medical care free of cost for HIV infected patients.  This means that if you do not have insurance and are not HIV infected we will have to charge you our standard rates.

Do you treat Hepatitis C or HCV?

We are happy to announce that due to new Hepatitis C treatment options, Smith Center has started treating Hepatitis C.  Please inquire for further information about your treatment options

Can you help me apply for social security benefits?

Yes!  Our staff is experienced at applying for and obtaining government entitlements for our patients. Based on each individual’s medical eligibility, we can assist with initial applications as well as denials and appeals.

Are your services confidential?

Absolutely.  We provide a confidential and comfortable environment.  The Smith Center is not like the average crowded and rowdy free clinic.  We take confidentiality very seriously.  Also, due to the fact that we serve a wide variety of infectious diseases confidentiality is ensured.

Do you have labs on site?

Yes. We offer labs right here in our clinic for patients with insurance.  If a patient at the East Orange location has no insurance they just have to walk a few extra paces to get labs across the hall.  Also, all patients can obtain labs on site at our Newark location.  If a patient prefers, they can obtain labs at any Labcorp Primary Service Center throughout the state.

Do you have other specialists on site?

We do offer psychiatry and gynecological care on site.  We also have a new partnership with Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.  We have initial oral health assessments performed onsite once monthly with follow up dental care provided at the Rutgers Dental Clinic.

As for other medical specialties, we can assist in referring and making appointments for specialists that we have continued relationships with.  We have a program that makes private Gastroenterology, Cardiology and Hematology/Oncology referrals possible for patients without insurance.

What does HIV and AIDS stand for?

HIV= Human Immunodeficiency Virus
AIDS= Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

Do you offer HIV testing?

Yes. Please visit The Smith Center to find out your HIV status.