Frequently Asked Questions

What is a free clinic?

Free Clinics are safety-net health care organizations that utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of healthcare services which may include medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals. Such clinics are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations or operate as a program component or affiliate of a 501(c)(3) organization.

Entities that otherwise meet the above definition, but charge a nominal/sliding fee to patients, may still be considered Free Clinics provided essential services are delivered regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Free clinics limit eligibility for their services to individuals who're uninsured, underinsured and/or have limited or no access to primary, specialty or prescription healthcare.

What are the guidelines to qualify to be a free clinic patient?

Every free clinic is unique. Each clinic has its own qualification guidelines, but they all serve low-income and no-income patients without health insurance who do not qualify for government assistance. Go to the “Member Clinics” link to locate the clinic in your community and find out what their guidelines are.

What services do free clinics provide?

In addition to general medical and prescription services, free clinics may offer such services as oral health, specialty services and referrals, lab testing, diagnostic procedures, health education and prevention, as well as prescription medications.

How are free clinics funded?

Free Clinics are independent, community-based non-profit organizations that rely on grants and donations from their communities for support. Clinics have a varied base of community support, which include, but are not limited to, individuals, businesses, churches, foundations and government.

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