“Health care is a right, not a privilege.” It shouldn’t be the right for just the privileged, either. A renowned San Francisco clinic works hard and thrives in the Haight Ashbury. It one of the rare free clinics around that allows health care access for all and improves the well-being of the community. Every year over 18,000 people depend on clinics to provide comprehensive health care.
In the 1960s the Haight Street Free Clinics were built to help thousands of the displaced youth as a result of the social revolution. Due to the unfortunate times many were affected by drug use and alcohol abuse, as well as mental illness and run-ins with the law.
What is now the largest multi-service medical program in Northern California was then the support of the poor and homeless.
The Haight Ashbury clinic has the great satisfaction of accomplishment. Accomplishments in the firsts of the era include but are not limited to: integrating multiple health disciplines; integrating psychiatry with addiction treatment; and establishing a 24-hour non-residential service to the homeless, mentally ill and substance-abusing women.
This clinic is one of the most known in San Francisco for its integration of disciplines and using each of them to heal and educate their clients. If you are out of health care or have limited resources, it’s worth it to drop in to their clinic. Without judgment they will assist, care and educate you.