About UsFounded in 1965, Friendship Medical Clinic & Pharmacy is the oldest free medical clinic in South Carolina. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the clinic provides a primary medical care home, as well as medications, for qualifying uninsured adults, through our full-service, state-licensed pharmacy located within the clinic.
The clinic has two full-time paid personnel, an executive director and four part-time employees. Without the support of 58 volunteers, Horry County would not have a free clinic to serve a vital need in our community. Clinic volunteers are committed to the belief that everyone deserves medical care and they generously donate their time and skills.
Volunteer doctors at the clinic believe that people stay healthy and employed, through the diagnosis and management of chronic diseases such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Elevated cholesterol levels
Oftentimes when someone has a medical condition, it's not only the patient who suffers, but their families as well, if a patient cannot work due to illness. A community is healthier, economically and socially, if its residents are productive and working. Individuals are healthier mentally, when they can maintain their self-respect and in some way give back to their community.
For current financial information, please visit SC Secretary of State website.
Additional information concerning the clinic may be found on GuideStar as well.
Those among you who will be truly happy are the ones who have sought and found how to serve.-Albert Schweitzer
As of 2008, 45 million or 17.1 percent of non-elderly, adult Americans did not have health insurance. Of the 45 million only 17.2 percent are non-workers.
More than eight in 10 of the non-elderly uninsured (82.8 percent) live in families where the head of the family works. These people are often referred to as the working poor.
More than 29 million of the uninsured are in households earning $25,000 or more compared with 9 million in households earning less. In 2008, the federal poverty level for a family of four was $22,050.