Where to Go if You’re Uninsured: Free and reduced-cost clinics in New York


Our thanks to the GC Wellness Center for this information.

Beth Israel Medical Group (urgent care, close to the Graduate Center)

55 E 34th St., 212-252-6000

Primary care, specialty care and the Japanese Medical Practice. May book appointments online by visiting the Beth Israel Medical Group site.

Feel free to walk in or book a same-day appointment. New patients’ walk-in fee is $125, and $65 for follow-up appointments, in addition to other fees incurred for medical services. Open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm.

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center (LGBTQ-friendly)

356 West 18th Street (btw 8th and 9th Aves), 212-271-7200

Callen-Lorde is a health center specializing in health issues for New York’s LGBTQ population, yet accepting of all patients, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Center is a respectful environment, staffed with excellent physicians, gynecologists, social workers and even a dentist.

The clinic is very clean, efficient and professional. If you earn less than $21,660/year, you will qualify for a sliding-scale fee. They also have an agreement with a CVS in Chelsea whereby you can receive a discount on prescriptions if you are paying out of pocket and the prescription was written by Callen-Lorde.

Sometimes, they can take a same-day appointment. Callen-Lorde does not accept United Health Care; therefore, students with NYSHIP may want to go elsewhere for health care. However, they can help you find an LGBTQ-friendly provider in New York City.

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

125 Walker Street (between Centre St & Baxter St), and two additional NYC locations, 212-941-2170

For more than 30 years, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center has been a leader in providing high-quality, affordable, culturally competent health-care to the Asian American community in New York City.

The majority of the Center’s clients are low income, uninsured or under-insured Asian immigrants with nowhere else to turn for basic healthcare.

In addition to providing comprehensive primary care services, the Center promotes the health of the community through innovative, award winning health education and advocacy programs, and by recruiting and training bilingual health care providers.

Call (212) 941-2170 to schedule an appointment. Click here for pdf of the CBWCHC brochure.

The Institute for Family Health

Four locations:

  • Sidney Hillman Family Practice: 16 East 16 Street, 3rd Floor, 212-924-7744
  • Phillips Family Practice: 16 East 16th St., 1st floor, 212-206-5200
  • East 13th St. Family Practice: 113 East 13th St., 212-253-1830
  • Amsterdam Health Center: 690 Amsterdam Avenue at 94th St., 212-865-4104

This is a group of clinics in Manhattan and the Bronx. They run two free Saturday clinics, one in Manhattan and one in the Bronx. See the website for details.

Each clinic has a team of social workers who can help you get health insurance if you are uninsured. Also, if you are uninsured, the fee is on a sliding scale, based on your income. For students with NYSHIP, the Institute takes United Health Care, so you can go to the doctors there and be covered in-network.

Mount Sinai Hospital

Internal Medicine Associates Urgent Care

17 East 102nd St (7th Floor, Walk-in Clinic Area D) 212-659-8551

Sliding Scale; proof of income and residence required. Open Monday through Thursday, 8:00am–7:30pm, and Fridays 8:00–3:30pm.

NYU NYC Free Clinic

16 East 16th Street (btw 5th Ave and Bdwy), 212-206-5200

As their website states: “The NYCFC, New York’s only comprehensive free health care clinic, believes that high-quality health care is the right of all individuals. We provide, at no cost to our patients, the full range of health care services, including specialty referrals, counseling, patient education, social services, and screening and registration for public health insurance.”

Appointments are available ONLY on Saturday mornings between 9:00 am and 12:45 pm.

To make an appointment call: 212-206-5200.

The Ryan Center

Three locations:

  • 110 West 97th Street (btw Amsterdam and Columbus Aves), 212-749-1820
  • 279 East 3rd Street (btw Aves C & D), 212-477-8500
  • 645 10th Ave (btw 45th and 46th Sts), 212-265-4500

The Ryan Center is a community health center with three locations in Manhattan. They provide medical, dental, gynecological, mental health and optometry—among many other medical specializations.

They also provide medical services for a sliding fee, based on your income level, to patients without health insurance. Additionally, all prescriptions are provided for $10 from their pharmacy for patients without prescription drug coverage.

They do not take United Health Care, so students with NYSHIP will be better served going to a provider that is within the UHC network.

For more on where to get free or low cost care: Links from the Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access to programs and care available for uninsured NYers.

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