The Berkeley Free Clinic, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1969. We have proudly served thousands of community members during our 47-year history. Fees have never been charged for any services, materials, medications or supplies provided at the Berkeley Free Clinic. Income is generated solely by individual or organizational donations, grants, and government programs.
An emphasis on education, self-knowledge and an increasing awareness of appropriate resources infuses all of our medical, dental, counseling, and information/referral services. Direct services are provided almost exclusively by volunteer lay health care workers. Volunteers receive extensive and specific training in classroom and clinical settings, and many BFC volunteers go on to serve as the next generation of physicians, nurses, and healtcare workers. Whenever possible, our goal is to demystify health care and other human services, both for volunteers of the clinic and for clients.
In 2014, we served more than 8,200 community members--51% of which were uninsured, and 24% were homeless.
At the Berkeley Free Clinic we treat each client with respect and dignity and view their needs within the larger context of their unique circumstances and access to resources. Treatments, referrals, and guidance are provided in a client-centered context, and are appropriate to their lifestyle, culture, language and financial situation. We attempt to include clients as thoroughly as possible in their health care process.
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