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Are there any free or inexpensive clinics in the SF Bay Area that handle dermatology?

Asked by MissAnthrope (21460points) October 8th, 2010

I just discovered a mole that I’m about 99% certain is no good. My grandfather died of melanoma in his late 30’s, so I’m concerned. I want to have it removed and biopsied, but I have no insurance or job and I’m afraid it’s going to be very costly.

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lillycoyote's avatar

I don’t know. I lived in San Francisco for a year, a long time ago, previous lifetime stuff, but, given my limited experience, I would say that if anyplace is going to have free or low cost clinics, it’s going to be San Francisco. You will find something.

Rarebear's avatar

Where in the SF Bay Area do you live? Here are a couple
http://www.berkeleyfreeclinic.org/home.html
http://www.hafci.org/

MissAnthrope's avatar

East Bay, but I will travel if necessary. Thank you for those links!

Rarebear's avatar

@MissAnthrope Which county do you live in?

MissAnthrope's avatar

Contra Costa.

Rarebear's avatar

Okay, this is your lucky day. I am a physician in the Contra Costa Health Services. Do you qualify for this? http://cchealth.org/insurance/basic_health_care/

If you do, and you apply, I can get you an appointment. If you don’t, you still won’t be turned away at a County clinic. Here is information on how to make an appointment. http://cchealth.org/insurance/appointments.php

Appointments are scarce, as we’re trying to rebuild after all the cuts, but if you call at 7:00 AM sharp and don’t mind waiting on hold forever, and don’t mind travelling, you will probably get a short notice appointment. The doctor or FNP there will be able to do a biopsy. Let me know if you run into any major hurdles.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@Rarebear – Holy crap, that is serendipitous and awesome! I think I do qualify, so I will call on Monday. I thank you profusely.! :)

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