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What You Need To Know About Being A Patient At Bethesda Community Clinic

We offer two (2) types of health programs:

  • Free Health Care
    1. We offer Free Saturday Health Clinics for people who qualify at 150% of the poverty level.  Our goal is to offer Free Clinics every Saturday; however, the number of free health care visits that can be scheduled every week is dependent upon the number of medical volunteers available on any given Saturday.  Therefore, all visits must be by appointment only.
    2. Once you have been pre-qualified for Free Health Care, you must bring proof of income, photo proof of identity and proof of Cherokee County residency and sign your paperwork in person with one of our Eligibility Specialists (ES).   See below for the types of proof of income we accept. You can meet with an ES at appointed times during the month.


      Look on the right-hand side of the web site to see the next Eligibility Registration.
    3. Important!

      You must bring:
      1.  A current valid government issued photo identification (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc.),
      2. If your current address does not match that on your photo id, you must provide some proof of residency, such as a utility bill,
      3. Proof of income for your immediate family (you, a spouse and any children UNDER 18 years of age). If you state that you have $0 income, you must show proof of financial aid or benefits that allow you to reside in Cherokee County, or explain your situation. You can bring any of the following for each person with an income:
        1. Two (2) current and consecutive check stubs for ALL persons employed in the household.
        2. If you are paid in cash, a letter written and notarized by your employer/clients. This letter MUST include employer’s name, address, telephone number, signature, employee’s name, gross pay rate, and pay period of an average pay cycle. We will NOT accept a self-written letter.
        3. Bank statements showing income deposits.
        4. Recent statement from Social Security or recent bank statement showing direct deposit from Social Security.
        5. Recent statement from Department of Labor or recent bank statement showing direct deposit from the Department of Labor for unemployment benefits.
        6. Recent statement from Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) specifying the current benefits that are being provided (e.g. Food Stamps, Section 8 housing, Child Support, etc.).
      4. All Free Health Care appointments MUST be scheduled in advance. Please call for an appointment.


      1. You must show up at least fifteen (15) minutes prior to any appointment to verify the current status of your paperwork.  If you are more than 15 minutes late from your appointment time, you will not be seen that day. For example, if you are to see a medical provider at 10:00 am, your appointment time is 9:45 am.  If you arrive any later than 10:00 am, you will not be seen.
      2. We will call to confirm your appointment on the Thursday before your Saturday appointment.  If you do not confirm your appointment on Thursday, your appointment will be given away.
      3. If you do not show up for your appointment, or if you cancel the same day, you will be considered a “no-show”, and will not be re-scheduled.
      4. Non-English speaking patients must bring someone with them who speaks fluent English, as we cannot guarantee that we will have an interpreter.
  • Low-Cost Health Care
    1. Anyone may schedule a weekday low-cost health care visit, regardless of income. No verification is necessary.  Simply call the office, or you may walk in during our scheduled hours.  Click here for contact information, directions and hours of operation.
    2. Payment for the office visit is paid up front prior to seeing the medical provider. We accept cash, debit cards and credit cards.
    3. Payment for additional labs or procedures are paid at the end of the visit.  Pricing for labs and procedures will be made available to you at the time of your appointment.  We strive to keep prices as close to cost as possible, but they also depend upon the amount of community financial assistance we receive, as well as the number of donated supplies we receive.


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    Patient Forms

    Free Care Eligibility Form – You MUST complete this form and receive confirmation that you qualify for free health care prior to attending Eligiblity Registration. Low-Cost Care Patient Information Form – If you are a first time low-cost health care patient, this is the form you fill out prior to your first appointment.

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