The oldest free and charitable clinic in the U.S. continues to provide important health care


The Problem

Residents of Buchanan County earning $7.75 to $11.23 per hour, also known as the working poor,  can qualify to receive health care insurance through the Affordable Care Act, but are unable to pay the required insurance premiums;

  • Approximately 16,000 of the adults living in Buchanan County are uninsured and living in poverty, which severely  limits their access to traditional healthcare;
  • Adults without children living in the home, cannot qualify for Medicaid if earning more than $185.00 monthly and are not disabled.

Our Approach…

The Social Welfare Board provides low cost health and dental care to people living in poverty

  •   Patients are asked to pay $5.00 per medical visit
  •   The clinic connects established patients to free or low cost medications and specialty care
  • The dental clinic charges $10.00 per tooth
  • Homeless persons have access to medical, counseling and case management services regardless of ability to pay

Our Impact….

Yearly the Social Welfare Board sees an average of 5,519 unduplicated patients for a total of 28,318 visits. The dental clinic has an average of 4,109 dental visits annually, including two emergency walk in clinics.

The value of medications acquired through patient assistance programs averages $6,000,000 annually.



Donations of any size are appreciated and will help sustain the healthcare services that the Social Welfare Board provides the uninsured residents of Buchanan County.

Click on the ‘Donate’ button and enter ‘Friends of the Free Clinic’ in the Purpose field.


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