New York Free and Income Based Clinics

Free Clinics in New York

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Inequality in healthcare remains a global issue; while some can afford costly medical care, others just can't. In New York, several organizations help to bridge this gap, providing free or income-based medical services to individuals and families who are low-income or underserved. Here, we will introduce some free clinics, government subsidies, and non-profit programs available in New York City.

Free Clinics in New York

The Institute for Family Health

The Institute for Family Health operates a network of health centers across Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, offering a sliding-scale program based on income 

Ryan Community Health Center

The William F. Ryan Community Health Network conducts free and low-cost health examinations, dental services, Women's health, mental health and substance use disorder treatment across their many locations in New York City. 

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

Primarily serving the LGBTQ community, Callen-Lorde provides comprehensive healthcare services on a sliding fee scale basis.

Government Subsidies and Programs


Medicaid is a state and federal program that provides free or low-cost health coverage to some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. The program varies from state to state and is based on the income and family size.

Child Health Plus

This program provides free or low-cost health insurance for children under the age of 19, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

Essential Plan

The Essential Plan offers low-cost healthcare for eligible New Yorkers at a cost of $20 or less per month. To apply for these government programs, you can visit the New York State of Health marketplace online, call the Customer Service Center, or meet with trained professionals in-person.

Faith-based and Non-profit Programs

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities operates free healthcare clinics across New York City, covering general medicine, prenatal, and pediatric care, regardless of a patient's ability to pay. 

Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America offers free healthcare services to homeless individuals in New York, including general medical care, mental health, and substance abuse treatment. 

The Bowery Mission

The Bowery Mission provides medical assessments, dental care, podiatry, optometry, and women's health services to homeless and poor New Yorkers for free. You can apply for these services by contacting the organizations directly. Some will require you to meet specific requirements such as income or residency.

Services Offered by Free Clinics

The services offered by free clinics vary, but typically they include:
  • Basic healthcare (physical examinations, Immunizations)
  • Preventative care (health screening and education)
  • Chronic disease management (such as diabetes, hypertension)
  • Dental care
  • Mental health counseling
  • Prescription medicines
  • Women's health services
Accessing quality healthcare should never be a luxury. With the numerous free and sliding-scale clinics in New York, low-income individuals and families have routes to get the healthcare they need. It is always advised to call ahead and verify the services, costs, and eligibility, as they can change. Be sure to explore all options, including government subsidies and non-profit programs, to ensure you receive the healthcare you deserve.

We are the largest online directory of free and affordable health clinics. Most clinics listed in our database receive federal grants, state subsidies, or are owned and operated by non-profit organizations and provide services that are either free or at a reduced rate.

There are a total of 514 clinics in the state of New York. Bronx has a total of 94 clinics and the city with most clinics in New York. The next city with most clinics is Albany with a total of 6 clinics. is updated and maintained by users like you so if you know of any new clinics in New York or any updates that need to be made to our database please contribute.

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