Definition of a Free or Charitable Clinic
Free and Charitable Clinics are safety-net health care organizations that utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of 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 or Charitable Clinics provided essential services are delivered regardless of the patient's ability to pay. Free or charitable clinics restrict eligibility for their services to individuals who are uninsured, underinsured and/or have limited or no access to primary, specialty or prescription health care.
Our clinics provide a wide range of services for the medically underserved throughout the nation. They are truly their community’s response to the health care needs in their area. Some clinics focus mainly on providing primary medical care and health education, some clinics focus on dental care only, while other clinics provide a wide array of services. Examples of some services that are found at Free & Charitable Clinics include (but are not limited to):
- Primary Medical Care, Physicals, General Wellness Exams
- Chronic Disease Care and Management
- Dental Care
- Behavioral/Mental Health Care
- Vision and other Specialty Care
- Care Coordination
- Women's Health Care
- Health Education
- Smoking Cessation
- Health Navigation
- Pharmacy Services/Medication Access