If you have an urgent medical need please call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.

Becoming a UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic patient

Our priority is caring for patients who do not qualify for any other healthcare programs or resources. Before coming to any of the clinics, please review the links and information below to see if you may qualify for healthcare in San Diego.

Due to the enormous national and local need for healthcare for the uninsured, our limited resources, and our commitment to provide high quality health care to our patients, we sadly are often unable to accept any new patients. Occasionally we can accept a small number of (1-2) new patients with a serious medical need and no access to healthcare. To be considered as a new patient, please arrive before the starting time of clinic to speak with our team.

ONLINE RESOURCES FOR FINDING FREE OR LOW COST HEALTHCARE IN SAN DIEGO

2-1-1

2-1-1 is a comprehensive online and telephone directory of healthcare clinics and programs throughout San Diego. For resources dial 2-1-1 from any phone to speak with a 2-1-1 representative (available in Spanish).

Community Health Centers

The community health centers of San Diego focus on meeting the basic healthcare needs of their individual communities. Health centers maintain an open-door policy, providing treatment regardless of an individual's income or insurance coverage. To learn more about or to find a community health center near you see the information about the Council of Community Clinics (CCC) and Family Health Centers of San Diego below.

Council of Community Clinics support community clinics and health centers in their efforts to provide health care with an emphasis on low income and uninsured populations. You can reach them by phone at (619)542-4300.

Family Health Centers of San Diego is a private, non-profit community health center organization that provides a wide array of healthcare services to anyone in need, with a special commitment to uninsured, low income, and medically underserved families. Individuals may qualify for free or low-cost services based on income and family size. You can reach them by phone at (619)515-2300.

SPECIFIC HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS

County Medical Services (CMS)

County Medical Services (CMS) is a program that provides low cost medical care for San Diego county residents who are uninsured. CMS can help individuals receive care, but is not an insurance provider, such as Medi-Cal. Therefore select services are offered.

Eligibility requirements

  • Have an immediate or long term medical need
  • U.S. citizen or an eligible alien
  • Resident of San Diego County
  • 21 through 64 years of age
  • Meet CMS financial requirements (many factors taken into consideration including, income, rent, expenses, debt, etc.) or Receive General Relief

Apply by calling 1-800-587-8118 (M-F, 7am-5pm) to request an appointment and apply for CMS (available in Spanish).

Low-Income Health Program (LIHP)

The Low-Income Health Program (LIHP) funds medical care for uninsured adult county residents. LIHP uses a network of community health centers along with hospitals, community physicians, and mental health providers throughout San Diego County to provide health care services.

Eligibility requirements

  • 19 through 64 years of age
  • Resident of San Diego County
  • Unable to receive Medi-Cal benefits
  • US citizen or legal alien with 5 years residency (with some exceptions)
  • Meet LIHP financial requirements

*the key differences between LIHP and CMS is that LIHP does not require an immediate or long term medical need, and enrollment begins at 19 instead of 21.

Apply by calling 1-800-587-8118 (M-F, 7am-5pm) to request an appointment and apply for LIHP (available in Spanish).

Medi-cal

Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid health care program. This program pays for a variety of medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources. To learn more about Medi-Cal and see if you may qualify, please review the information at http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/Medi-CalFAQs.aspx#whatismedi-cal

Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (Family PACT)

Family PACT provides comprehensive family planning services to eligible low-income men and women. Services include long-term reversible contraceptives (to help prevent unplanned pregnancy), reproductive health services (sexually transmitted Infection prevention and counseling, HIV services, pregnancy testing, etc.), and birth control education and counseling.

Healthy Families Program

The Healthy Families Program is low cost insurance for children and teens. It provides health, dental and vision coverage to children who do not have insurance and do not qualify for free Medi-Cal. The insurance pays most of your child's costs for visits to doctors, dentists, eye doctors, and specialists. The insurance plans also contract with clinics, laboratories, pharmacies, and hospitals for your child's health care.

DENTAL CARE

San Diego County Dental Society

The San Diego County Dental Society is the largest professional organization representing dentists in San Diego and Imperial Counties, as well as being the local arm of the California and American Dental Associations.

Follow the link to find a list of low income dental clinics. The directory includes address and phone number of local clinics, eligibility, and fee/insurance information.

SPECIALTY CARE

Project Access

Project Access San Diego (PASD), a program of the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, serves people throughout San Diego County who have either no health insurance coverage or who are underinsured. PASD is a case-management model, managing patient care from beginning to end. This includes verifying need and identifying various services to ensure complete care. Thus PASD provides access to specialty care at no or low cost, but does not replace your primary care doctor.

To enroll in Project Access you must receive a referral from your primary care physician or a local community health center. Talk to your doctor about your interest in Project Access and discuss your need. Your primary care physician will be able to help you enroll.

ACCESS TO FREE OR LOW COST MEDICATIONS

Patient Assistance

Patient Assistance is a directory of programs set up by drug companies that offer free or low cost drugs to uninsured individuals. Many brand name drugs can be found in these programs. To receive additional and updated information about Patient Assistance please call 2-1-1.

CANCER DETECTION AND TREATMENT PROGRAMS