Named for Broadway’s beloved caricaturist, the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic was established in 2003 with a $500,000 grant from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to address the immediate needs of members of the entertainment community who are uninsured or underinsured.
In fiscal year 2012, Broadway Cares $660,000 in support to the clinic.
People in the entertainment industry work in uncertain careers and may not make medical care a priority, ignoring symptoms, concealing diagnoses and putting off treatment. The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinicprovides necessary medical services and works to prevent illness and emergency room visits that result from neglecting health care.
The clinic provides primary and specialty care, health screenings and patient education. Lab testing provided through the clinic is free to uninsured patients.
Primary care at the clinic includes routine preventive medical care, ongoing management of medical problems and urgent sick visits. Preventative care includes flu vaccinations, mammograms, prostate exams, breast examinations, tuberculosis and diabetes screening, blood pressure and cholesterol testing, vision screening and a lot more.
“Not all of us are lucky enough to be insured all the time and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic allows us to do our art and still feel safe in pursuing our art. Our well-being doesn't have to be sacrificed."
“Thank you so much for your care and sharing your time with me. The coupling of your skills, compassion and generosity is greatly appreciated, particularly when I was in such pain. For everything that’s being done and made available at the Hirschfeld Clinic, I am so grateful.”
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