- Those Without medical or dental insurance
- Those With medical or dental insurance, but struggling to pay their co-pays, deductibles, and non-covered services
The only health care facility of its kind in the Pittsburgh region that provides quality medical and dental care at no cost to individuals who do not have employer-sponsored health insurance, cannot afford private insurance, or who do not qualify for Medicaid or other types of assistance.
Eligibility for services was expanded in 2015 to include individuals whose income does not exceed 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Information about eligibility and applying for services is available here.
The Free Health Care Center Saved My Life!
When she noticed her increasing fatigue and the dramatic swelling of her right leg, Lyvonne rushed to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis behind her knee. The hospital treated her and discharged her with a small supply of blood thinners and instructions to visit her PCP.
But like many Pittsburghers who struggle to make ends meet, Lyvonne is uninsured. She doesn't qualify for Medicaid or significant subsidies, yet she cannot afford to buy her own health insurance.
Lyvonne's medication quickly ran out, and on the recommendation of a coworker, she called Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center. "I was very impressed that they got me in the very next day after I called", says Lyvonne.
But at her first visit to the FHCC, Lyvonne had another shock. The volunteer physician couldn't detect a pulse in her right leg, and fearing the worst, ordered her back to the emergency room just in time, for as soon as she arrived, Lyvonne suffered a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
Once she was discharged, Lyvonne was relieved to have found a source of free care, and returned to the Free Health Care Center for her ongoing treatment.
Warmest thanks to all the donors who have made it possible to save Lyvonne's life.