Uninsured Care – How to Receive Free Doctor Visits
How to See a Doctor
- Call 209.549.1057 to request an appointment.
- Our medical staff will call you back to determine the best way for you to receive care.
- Please do NOT come into the office to schedule an appointment.
What is St. Luke’s Family Practice?
St. Luke’s Family Practice is a non-profit medical office designed to provide free doctor visits to uninsured persons of our community. We are supported by our generous Benefactors, people with health insurance who pay the practice directly for ready access to our physicians. We do not bill any insurance or the government. We cover doctor visits and can recommend low-price options for medications, lab tests, and x-rays. We do not cover specialist visits, operations, or hospital care for our uninsured patients.
St. Luke’s Family Practice is a first-of-its-kind private charity, a non-profit doctor’s office, established in 2004 to provide basic primary care services to uninsured persons in our community. There are other clinics in other states that have copied our model.
No. St. Luke’s Family Practice is a private charity and we receive no support from any church or government agency.
Hours and Locations
We are open from 8am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We close at noon for lunch. We are closed on Wednesday.
Please call 209-549-1057 to request an appointment.
Appointments can only be obtained in person. Our Benefactors have first choice of appointment times. At sign-up for each clinic session we distribute the remaining appointment times to uninsured persons free of charge.
Please call 209-549-1057 to request an appointment.
No. Our doctors only provide care to our paying Benefactors 24/7/365. We are closed to uninsured care on evenings, weekends, holidays, and the weeks of Easter, Christmas, and New Year’s. We post a list of local urgent cares you may see at your expense, but if you have an emergency, go to the nearest emergency room.
We cover doctor visits and any treatments or testing that we perform in the office at no charge. We can also recommend low-price options for medications, lab tests, and x-rays. We do not cover specialist visits, operations, or hospital care for our uninsured patients.
No. Patients are responsible for the full cost of their medications, but our providers are experts at knowing the least expensive ways to get you the medications you need. We utilize the $4 formulary at WalMart stores, and we know the best cash-pay prices for other medications at other local pharmacies. GoodRx (available as an app on your smartphone) is a useful resource to find the lowest price possible for your prescription medications.
Once you are a patient at St. Luke’s, you may call your pharmacy 3-4 days in advance. Pharmacies contact us electronically for refills every day of the year, even when the office is closed. By transmitting the refill information from your pharmacy to our electronic health record, we minimize the risk of mixing up the medication or dose, and always send the medication to the right pharmacy.
We perform basic office lab studies: urinalysis, blood sugar, urine pregnancy tests, hemoglobin, INR tests for patient on blood thinners, electrocardiograms (EKG), basic breathing tests, and hearing screenings. We also perform Strep, COVID and Influenza Rapid Antigen Testing. We do not draw blood tests in our office.
As a non-profit clinic, we have access to exceptionally low rates available for most blood tests and x-rays. Most common blood tests cost $10 each, up to a maximum of $40. Most plain x-rays cost $70. These prices are a small fraction of the usual cost.
For advanced imaging, we work with local imaging providers to find you the lowest price possible.
We can refer you to specialists, but we cannot guarantee payment. Some offices partner with our office to provide consultations at decreased cost.
We perform basic skin procedures (suturing and skin biopsies) and apply splints and casts for sprains and simple broken bones here in the office. We can always refer you to a surgeon, if necessary, but you are responsible for the entire cost. We do not cover any operations at surgical centers or hospitals. Some of our uninsured patients have traveled to Bakersfield for lower-cost options for some surgeries at CSF Surgery: Surgery Without Insurance. For more information: https://www.csfsurgery.com
Unfortunately, there are no longer any non-profit Dentists in our area. Please visit https://www.cda.org/Home/Public/Find-A-Dentist to find a low-cost Dentist near you.
Yes. We provide health care for uninsured women. This includes a complete gynecological examination. We can send a specimen for a pap smear for $28 and help you apply for Every Women Counts to get a free mammogram.You may also be able to receive these services free of charge through other government programs, such as Every Woman Counts at other offices. For more information, call 1-800-511-2300.
Help Us Help You
- Call 209.549.1057 for more information.
- When asked to come in, bring paperwork that proves you are not insured.
- Your patience is very much appreciated.
- We are working hard to expand our services to help more uninsured people.