Health & Dental
An innovative volunteer-based model of service supports our highly respected free clinics.
Two highly respected free clinics provide a medical home to low-income and uninsured individuals residing in San Mateo county. This enables them to access the health care they need without accumulating the disabling debt often associated with healthcare expenses. The clinics offer comprehensive, integrated services, including primary and specialty medical, dental, vision, and mental health care.
We take a holistic, person-centered approach to healthcare. A patient starts by meeting with either a Case Manager or Clinic Manager to assess social, financial, housing, and other needs. Our team of physicians, dentists, and staff then helps patients get the care they need.
Who is Treated?
Patients of our clinics are residents in the neighborhood. They typically work hard as gardeners, food service workers, house cleaners, or entrepreneurs. Many tend to earn just enough income to be ineligible for Medi-Cal coverage, yet do not receive health insurance through their employers and cannot afford to pay for “out-of-pocket” health insurance. Without health insurance, access to even basic medical care becomes an unaffordable luxury.
According to the California Health Interview Survey, 8.1% of residents in San Mateo County are uninsured.
Professional Medical & Dental Volunteers
Our professional medical and dental volunteers at the clinic do what they love: treat patients. With no insurance billing, volunteer physicians and dentists are free to concentrate on caring for their patients. The clinic philosophy emphasizes not the volume of patients seen but the strength of relationships built with patients. Our volunteers come from private practices as well as major medical groups in the area, including Kaiser, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Stanford, and UCSF. To learn more about joining our dedicated team of volunteers, please click here.
In an innovative collaboration with our partners at Second Harvest Food Bank, Samaritan House established Food Pharmacies at our two Free Healthcare Clinics in San Mateo and Redwood City. Our volunteer physicians write “prescriptions” for low-income patients who have diabetes. Then, the patients are able to fill those prescriptions on-site at our Food Pharmacies. Deepest thanks to Second Harvest Food Bank for keeping both pharmacies stocked with fresh produce and other healthy foods.
8,707 Total patient visits at our Free Clinics in 2018
Samaritan House Free Clinics
San Mateo Free Clinics19 W. 39th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403
Hours by appointment only.
M - F 9am- 12pm, 1pm - 4pm
M evening 5:30pm – 7:30pm (nutritionist only)
W evening (First and third) 6 – 9 pm
Initial referral from a Case Manager at 650-347-3648
Referencia inicial de un administrador de casos al 650-347-3648
Redwood City Free Clinics