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How to start using free healthcare for families
May 26, 2018


Free or subsidized health care is essential for any family. This is especially true for someone with either no health insurance, or for families that are facing the harsh realities of high copays or deductibles on top of the expensive monthly premiums that are unaffordable.

What many families are not aware of are the existence of specific clinics that cater to the uninsured and the underinsured. Since this is also a question we get a lot from our readers, we have therefore, decided to provide information for such free clinics and community centers. This information is for the benefit of all uninsured and under-insured patients who lack the ability to pay for treatment. For this post, we have decided to focus around Philadelphia for the benefit our readers.  

This information is specifically for people who live the in the following areas:

  • Bucks
  • Bristol
  • Doylestown
  • New hope
  • Chester
  • Kennett square
  • Phoenixville
  • West Chester
  • Delaware
  • Media
  • Wayne
  • Montgomery
  • Ambler
  • Ardmore
  • Jenkintown
  • Skippack
  • Philadelphia
  • Chestnut hill
  • Manayunk
  • Mt. airy


To provide some background, these clinics are safety-net nonprofit organizations that utilize a hybrid model comprising of volunteer and paid staff to provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services to economically underprivileged people.


These free clinics provide a wide range of services. It includes the following:

  • Prenatal care
  • Family planning and pregnancy options counseling
  • Breastfeeding support services
  • Comprehensive pediatric care for infants, children and teens
  • Immunizations for infants, children and teens
  • Children's developmental evaluations
  • Healthy weight nutrition counseling for children and teens
  • Nutrition counseling and health education
  • Flu shots

source: http://www.freeclinicspa.org/

As you may be aware, the debate over the future of the Obamacare is obscuring the genuine issues at hand. Just because a person is insured, it doesn’t mean he or she can afford their doctor, hospital, pharmaceutical, and other medical bills. The point of insurance is to protect patients’ finances from the costs of everything from hospitalizations to prescription drugs, but out-of-pocket spending for people has increased significantly over the years. Based on the latest figures, insurance policy-holders faced a deductible, of greater than $1,000. For people who buy their insurance via one of the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges, that figure will be higher still.

In fact, the best plans with a low deductible and generous reimbursements are out of reach for the common citizen. Most importantly, apart from the actual health care services, expensive medicines are increasingly likely to require a significantly higher co-pay or not be covered at all.

The wonderful thing about these free clinics is that they may have a free pharmacy and a free dental clinic as well. One thing to remember is that patients must be prepared to wait due to the high volume of patients utilizing these great and invaluable services. Therefore, when visiting with kids, make sure you bring along some enjoyable reading material, coloring books, toys, snacks, water, bottled milk and other essential items to keep them occupied for some length of time. However, once you see the doctor the care given is top-notch and the doctors are very compassionate and professional.



Please keep in mind that although most these free clinics are free, some of them may charge a nominal/sliding fee to patients, or bill third party insurers such as Medicaid. This is based on the patient’s ability to pay, but as we stated earlier, all will provide essential services regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.

Below is a listing of such clinics and community health centers in and around the Philadelphia area where people without any money or insurance can receive quality medical care.

The South Philadelphia Health & Literacy Center

1700 S. Broad Street, Unit 201

Philadelphia, PA 19145



Health Center 3 »

555 S. 43rd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104



4400 Haverford Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19104



1900 N 20th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19121



301 West Girard Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19123



131 E. Chelten Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144



2230 Cottman Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19149



Strawberry Mansion Health Center »

2840 Dauphin Street

Philadelphia, PA 19132



Community Volunteers in Medicine

300B Lawrence Drive

West Chester, PA 19380

Chester County

P: (610) 836-5990

F: (610) 836-5998

W: www.cvim.org


The Clinic

143 Church Street

Phoenixville, PA 19460

Chester County

P: (610) 935-1134

F: (610) 935-8191

W: www.theclinicpa.org


Chinatown Clinic

915 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Philadelphia County

P: 215-922-0999


CHOP Connections Clinic at Covenant House

31 East Armat Street

Philadelphia, PA 19144

Philadelphia County

P: (215) 683-5262


Eliza Shirley Shelter Health Clinic

1320 Arch Street

Phhiladelphia, PA 19107

Philadelphia County

P: 215-568-5111


Face to Face Health Clinic

109 East Price Street

Philadelphia, PA 19144

Philadelphia County

P: (215) 438-7939


Homeless Health Initiative

3401 Civic Center Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philadelphia County

P: 215-590-7646


Jeff HOPE Clinic

1015 Walnut Street        

Curtis Bldg., Suite 401

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Philadelphia County

P: (267) 702-4673


Our Brother's Place Health Clinic

907 Hamilton Street

Philadelphia, PA 19123

Philadelphia County

P: 215-685-3892


Prevention Point Street Side Health Project

333 West Girard Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19123

Philadelphia County

P: (215) 634-5272


Puentes de Salud

1700 South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19148

Philadelphia County

P: (215) 454-8000

W: www.puentesdesalud.org


St. Christopher's Foundation for Children

3601 A Street

Philadelphia, PA 19134

Philadelphia County

P: (215) 427-4383


Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Health Clinic

302 North 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Philadelphia County

P: 215-922-6400


United Community Clinic

First African Presbyterian Church             

4159 Girard Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philadelphia County

P: (215) 300-2188


Unity Clinic

2130 South 21st Street

Philadelphia, PA 19145

Philadelphia County

P: (215) 925-3566


Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic

595 West State Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

Bucks County

P: (215) 345-2260

F: (215) 489-7236

W: www.aschealthclinic.org


Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership

Adult Health Clinic           

2546B Knights Road

Bensalem, PA 19020

Bucks County

P: (215) 710-2201

F: (215) 710-6439

W: www.bchip.org


Healthlink Dental Center

1775 Street Road

Southampton, PA 18966

Bucks County

P: (215) 364-4247

F: (215) 791-1907

W: www.healthlinkdental.org


In addition to the list above, please remember to always check the Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) website to see if you and your children qualify. Both these programs provide free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

The CHIP program provides low-cost health coverage to children in families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid. As per the website, CHIP coverage depends on which state you reside in as some states have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover all people below certain income levels.

Lastly, if any of our readers are aware of locations of free clinics that we may have missed, please let us know and we will include it in this list.



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