Your Call: The Haight Ashbury Free Clinic 50 years later

KALW Radio, By Rose Aguilar & Sana Saleem, August 15, 2017

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Dr Smith at the Muir Wood Adolescent & Family services in marin

In 1967, during a public health meeting at UCSF, Dr. David Smith declared that health care is a right, not a privilege. Shortly thereafter, he opened the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic.

It was immediately crowded with a wide range of patients from Vietnam Vets to idealistic hippies. It eventually expanded to over 1200 clinics across the country. Fifty years later, what will it take to ensure that healthcare is a right, not a privilege?


Dr. David Smith, founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic

Web Resources:

Haight Ashbury Free Clinic

The San Francisco Chronicle: Just a begriming for clinic founder 

NPR: For the insured but cash-strapped, free health clinics still have a place

UCSF: Born in the summer of love: The Haight Ashbury clinic transformed drug addiction treatment 

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