How to start a free clinic


  • Free Clinics are not required to obtain any special licensing as a clinic in Pennsylvania
  • Free Clinics operate similarly to a private practice physician’s office
    • physicians must be involved in planning the clinic
    • the clinic must operate within the purview of a physician’s license
  • Free Clinics typically do not have licensed pharmacies
    • may operate a “dispensary” under the auspices of their Medical Director’s license
  • All providers of health services must be
    • currently licensed to practice in Pennsylvania
    • volunteers must be credentialed by the clinics

If you are interested in starting a free clinic:

  • Don’t reinvent the wheel
  • Look at several different clinics models
  • Contact FCAP for additional information and guidance

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