North Carolina Rule of Evidence 803(4)

Pursuant to North Carolina Rules of Evidence, Rule 803(4), statements made for the purpose of medical diagnosis or treatment are not excluded by the hearsay rule. N.C. Gen. Stat. 8C-1, Rule 803(4) (2007). In State v. Hinnant, 351 N.C. 277, 523 S.E.2d 663 (2000), our Supreme Court set forth two inquiries that must be satisfied before hearsay evidence is admissible under Rule 803(4): First, the trial court must determine that the declarant intended to make the statements at issue in order to obtain medical diagnosis or treatment. the trial court may consider all objective circumstances of record in determining whether the declarant possessed the requisite intent. Second, the trial court must determine that the declarant's statements were reasonably pertinent to medical diagnosis or treatment. Id. at 289, 523 S.E.2d at 670-71.