A 1960s ‘Hippie Clinic’ In San Francisco Inspired A Medical Philosophy


Source: NPR

Inside the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic in its earliest days. The clinic opened on June 7, 1967, and treated 250 patients that day. It’s motto, then and now: “Health care is a right, not a privilege.” Courtesy of Gene Anthony/David Smith Archives

Unlike many things from the 1967 “Summer of Love,” the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic survived.

The clinic, now part of a larger network, still operates out of a second-floor office overlooking Haight Street in San Francisco. A steep wooden staircase leads to a warren of small but airy rooms.

One exam room still has a wall covered by a faded psychedelic mural, featuring a collage of famous rock stars, naked bodies and peace signs.

The decor used to be even more colorful, according to lab manager


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