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With expatriation comes the headache of health insurance. If you are not fortunate enough to have a business that provides you with good health coverage, do not panic: you will not necessarily go into debt with the first virus contracted. Here are five places to heal without having anything to spend or almost.

"Health Care is a Right, Not a Privilege". It is under this slogan that the first free clinic in the United States opened in San Francisco during the famous "Summer of Love" of 1967. At the time, there were a handful of medical students from the University of California (UCSF) and nurses to volunteer, on the initiative of Dr. David E. Smith, to treat the thousands of hippies flocking from all over the world. Fifty years later, this clinic still lives in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood, with a second location in the Mexican district. Between walls, you can also do a routine check-up, treat a bad cold or get a treatment to stop smoking. Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, 1563 Mission Street & 558 Clayton Street, San Francisco. Site

From the same program called "HealthRIGHT 360", another institution is entirely dedicated to women: the Women's Community Clinic. The health care team performs gynecological examinations such as a Pap smear, a screening mammogram and can prescribe emergency contraception when needed.
Women's Community Clinic, 1735 Mission Street, San Francisco. Website.

At the San Francisco Free Clinic, a time slot is specifically mobilized for diabetes screening: Monday to Friday between 10 am and noon. For other consultations, make an appointment by phone between 11 am and 4:30 pm
San Francisco Free Clinic, 4900 California St (at 11th Ave). (415) 750-9894. Website.

To test for sexually transmitted diseases, you can go to the San Francisco City Clinic, who is specialized in this type of diagnosis. The establishment follows up by mail and even has a French-speaking doctor.
San Francisco City Clinic, 356 7th St, San Francisco. Website.

With regard to dental care, we must turn to the faculties of dental surgery that offer care ranging from simple descaling to facial radiography. On average, their services, provided by prospective dentists, are 30 to 40% less expensive than in a private institution. University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, Second and Third Floor Group Practices, San Francisco. Website. Make an appointment.


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