South Carolina’s low income population doesn’t have to be without the medical care it deserves. With the state’s abundance of small towns and vast rural expanses, there are many South Carolina residents in need of easier, more affordable access to doctors and health care professionals. For those who have no insurance or are recipients of Healthy Connections coverage, being able to locate a free or inexpensive source of health care would be of immense assistance. That’s why they call it public assistance, after all. The knowledge of these clinics and any other money saving government service should be more widespread, therefore we hope you find this article in some roundabout, unexpected way that changes your life.
While reading a nonfiction story a few weeks ago, I came across a piece of information that rings true for many Americans: “…no one tells you this stuff,” the author said in regards to public assistance for food and paying bills. We care. Therefore, we do tell you this stuff. South Carolina residents have at least one community health center or clinic per county, and if not in your county, the next one over. Whether named a Community Health Center or a Medical Clinic, there are facilities offering health care services for free to people with a very low income or on a sliding scale if your income allows.
These centers are staffed with health care professionals and operated by nonprofit organizations with a mission to help people who are uninsured, members of a public health program, elderly, mentally ill, children, chronically ill, homeless, and/or migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families. As these groups typically face many barriers when attempting to receive health care, these centers offer primary care and preventive services to help them stay well.
South Carolina Primary Health Care Association Centers
Address: 600 E. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29506
Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.
Address: 721 North Okatie, Highway 170, Ridgeland, SC 29936
Black River Healthcare, Inc.
Address: 12 W. South Street, Manning, South Carolina 29102
Carolina Health Centers, Inc.
Address: 311 Main Street, Greenwood, SC 29646
CareSouth Carolina, Inc.
Address: 1268 South 4th Street, Hartsville, SC 29550
Community Medicine Foundation, Inc.
Address: 1131 Saluda Street, Rock Hill, SC 29731
Eau Claire Cooperative Health Services, Inc.
Address: 1228 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204
Family Health Centers, Inc.
Address: 3310 Magnolia Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115
Franklin C. Fetter, Inc.
Address: 51 Nassau Street, Charleston, SC 29406
Health Care Partners of South Carolina, Inc.
Address: 1608 North Main Street, Conway, SC 29526
Little River Medical Center
Address: 4303 Live Oak Drive, Little River, SC 29566
Low Country Health Care Systems, Inc.
Address: 333 Revolutionary Trail, Fairfax, SC 29827
Margaret J. Weston Medical Center, Inc.
Address: 4645 Augusta Road, Clearwater, SC 29822
New Horizon Family Health Services
Address: 130 Mallard Street, Greenville, SC 29601
ReGenesis Community Health Center, Inc.
Address: 750 South Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306
St. James – Santee Family Health, Inc.
Address: 1189 Tibwin Road, McClellanville, SC 29458
Sumter Family Health Center, Inc.
Address: 1278 North Lafayette Drive, Sumter, SC 29150
Sandhills Medical Foundation, Inc.
Address: Highway 1 South, McBee, SC 29101
South Carolina Free Clinic Association Centers
Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County
244 Greenville Street
Aiken, SC 29801
Anderson Free Clinic
414 N. Fant St.
Anderson, SC 29621
Honea Path (satellite)
34 N. Main St.
Anderson, SC 29654
Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
15 Northridge Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic of Beaufort
1402 King Street
Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic
3226 Maybank Highway, Suite A
Johns Island, SC 29455
Crisis Ministries Health Clinic
573 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29413-0038
Dream Center Clinic
5505 N. Rhett Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29406
Harvest Free Medical Clinic
1670 Drydock Avenue, Bldg 10B
North Charleston, SC 29405
Good Samaritan Medical Clinic
139 Church Street
Chester, SC 29706
Mercy In Me Free Medical Clinic
32 Foundry Hill Road
Cheraw, SC 29520
Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County
203 Grove Street
Darlington, SC 29532
500 W. Carolina Ave
Hartsville, SC 29550
Peachtree Medical Center
200 Ridge Medical Plaza Road
Edgefield, SC 29824
Mercy Medicine Clinic
514E South Dargan St
Florence, SC 29506
Smith Medical Clinic at Baskerville
116 Baskerville Dr
Pawleys Island, SC
Greenville Free Medical Clinic
600 Arlington Ave
Phone: 864.232.1470 (ext 25)
Northwest Crescent Free Clinic (satellite)
Northwest Crescent Child & Family Center
925 N Franklin Road Greenville, SC 29617
Phone: 864.232.1470 (ext 60)
Greer Free Clinic (satellite)
J Verne Smith Human Service Center
202 Victoria Street
Greer, SC 29650
Phone: 864.232.1470 (ext 65 )
Golden Strip Free Clinic (satellite)
Golden Strip Child & Family Center
1102 Howard Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Phone: 864.232.1470 (ext 55)
Taylors Free Medical Clinic
400 W Main Street
Taylors, SC 29687
Greenwood Free Clinic
1404 Edgefield Street
Greenwood, SC 29646
Clinica Gratis at Community Initiatives, Inc
647 Grier Street
Greenwood, SC 29646
Friendship Free Medical Clinic and Pharmacy
1396 Highway 544
Conway, SC 29526
Patient line -843.347.7178
Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County
110 E DeKalb Street
Camden, SC 29020
Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic of Laurens County
PO Box 1535
Clinton, SC 29325
Clinica El Buen Samaritano
1303 Sunset Boulevard
West Columbia, SC 29169
Dr. Suzy Schwab, Medical Director
PO Box 1661
Lexington, SC 29071
Helping Hands Free Medical Clinic
518 South Main Street
Mullins, SC 29574
Free Medical Clinic of Newberry County
2568 Kinard Street
Newberry, SC 29108
Rosa Clark Free Medical Clinic
Vickie Thompson, Ex. Dir.
210 Oak Street
Seneca, SC 29678
Orangeburg-Calhoun Free Medical Clinic
860 Holly St.
Orangeburg, SC 29116
Clemson Free Clinic
105 Anderson Hwy
Clemson, SC 29633
Samaritan Health Clinic of Pickens County
PO Box 1452
Pickens, SC 29671
Phone: 864.855.0853 (ext 26)
Clinica El Buen Samaritano
7915 Old Percival Rd
Columbia, SC 29223
The Free Medical Clinic
1875 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
St Luke’s Free Medical Clinic
PO Box 3466
Spartanburg, SC 29304
Woodruff Free Medical Clinic
340 Woodruff Street
Woodruff, SC 29388
The Early Learning Partnership of York County
403 Withers Building
Rock Hill, SC 29733
Palmetto Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
235 S Herlong Ave
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Community Health Centers by County
1. South Carolina Primary Health Care Association. “Health Centers”. http://www.scphca.org/health-centers/health-center-list.aspx.
2. South Carolina Free Clinic Association. “Find a Clinic”. http://www.scfreeclinics.org/findaclinic.html.
3. South Carolina Department of Health & Human Services. “Community Health Centers”. PDF.