Samaritan House operates two highly respected Free Clinics.
Medical & Dental Clinics Hours and Operation
Free Clinic of San Mateo
19 W. 39th Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403 Map
Hours by appointment only/initial referral from a Case Manager: Contact at 650-347-3648.
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Mon evening 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (nutritionist only)
First and third Wednesday evening of the month, 6 – 9 p.m.
Free Clinic of Redwood City
114 Fifth Ave., Redwood City, CA 94063 Map
Hours by appointment only/initial prequalification by the Redwood City Medical Clinic Coordinator: Contact at 650-341-4081 ext. 4005.
Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 – 5 p.m.
Two highly respected free clinics provide primary and specialty medical, dental and vision care to low income and uninsured individuals. This enables them to access the health care they need without compiling the disabling debt often attributed to medical expenses. Services includes dental, internal medicine, gynecology, breast care, dermatology, nephrology, diabetic care, endocrinology, neurology, orthopedics, ophthalmology and optometry, podiatry, nutritional counseling, and pulmonary.
For an appointment to the Free Clinic of San Mateo, patients must make an initial visit to a Case Manager at our Client Services Office. For an appointment to the Free Clinic of Redwood City, patients must make an initial visit to the Medical Clinic Coordinator at the Redwood City Clinic.
(**Please note: we are not accepting new dental patients at this time.**)
Who is Treated?
Patients of our clinics are the working poor. They 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. Often these residents are forced to seek treatment at local emergency rooms and become saddled with medical bills that they are unable to pay. Samaritan House’s Free Medical Clinics fill this gap in healthcare access for the uninsured and save emergency room resources for emergencies.
Professional Medical & Dental Volunteers:
Thanks to its innovative volunteer-based model of service, Samaritan House’s clinics are able to treat such a large number of patients with a very small paid staff. Almost all of the medical and dental doctors and assistants are volunteering their time free of charge. These individuals, either retired or currently practicing medicine and dentistry, want to serve their community in their limited spare time.
Medical Services Offered:
Specialty services offered at one or both of our Free Clinics include:
- internal medicine
- breast cancer screenings
- diabetic care
- mental health support
- ophthalmology and optometry
- nutritional counseling
- and more
Patients who require specialty care not offered at the clinics are referred to other doctors in the community who generously volunteer their services to our patients.
Dental Services Offered:
The free dental program was established in 1998 and has since expanded tremendously. Dental Clinic services include fillings, cleanings, extractions, and root canals. With the guidance of a part-time Dental Director, a small paid staff, and countless volunteers, we are able to provide professional dental care to low-income families.
Sharing Compassion and Care
Samaritan House periodically provides tours to national and international professionals studying the success of the Medical Clinic model. Another service that our Free Clinics provide to the community is the opportunity for medical students and residents from UCSF and other Bay Area schools to engage in the Free Clinic experience. This helps foster a new generation of socially-minded physicians and leaders.