Find free and low cost health care

Locate a free or low-cost health clinic or other medical resource? Health services can include screenings, lab tests, maternity care, low-cost medical equipment, eye care, dental care, pregnancy tests, outpatient clinics for veterans, insurance and more.

Seek specialized care? These are some of the most commonly searched health needs at 211:

  • AIDS Screening
  • Eye care
  • Dental care
  • Immunizations
  • Mammograms/breast examinations
  • Pregnancy test
  • Pediatric care
  • Prescription drugs
  • Respite Care
  • Medical transport

Some of these clinics may only serve patients with medical assistance or those who are uninsured or underinsured. If you need medical insurance, you may qualify for a free or discounted plan. Learn more about your Maryland health insurance options.



Where to get low-cost health care



Free and low-cost health care and health insurance is available in Maryland.

Local health departments, located in counties throughout Maryland provide some medical services, including immunizations, preventive screenings and dental care. Medical benefits may vary by location and there may be eligibility requirements.

Community clinics also offer care such as check-ups and doctor's appointments. Services vary by location and type of agency, but some of the services may be:

  • Checks
  • Screenings
  • Treatment if you are sick.
  • Pregnancy care
  • Immunizations
  • Visiting children who are well
  • Dental Care
  • Prescription Medication
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Support.

If your doctor prescribes medications you can't afford, patient assistance programs and discount programs are available at participating Maryland pharmacies. Learn more about discount drug programs available in Maryland.

If you have a medical bill problem or can't afford your medical bill, local and national help is available for medical expenses. You may also qualify for free medical equipment such as crutches, wheelchairs or other available durable medical equipment.

Here's how to find affordable mental health services

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, but getting an appointment for psychological support can be difficult. This is why 211 was created 211 Health Check. It's a free and confidential mental health support check-in program that can relieve you of stress and worry while providing resources and support. You will speak with a caring and compassionate 211 specialist each week at a time that is convenient for you.

This is one of several free mental health support programs accessible through 211. There is also a text messaging program, crisis support by calling 2-1-1, press 1 and a support program for teens and adolescents.

You can also get inpatient, outpatient and counseling services from a behavioral health provider in Maryland. Some of these organizations may offer free or low-cost services. You can find free and low-cost mental health support by calling 2-1-1 or Searching our Database.

If you are struggling with mental health issues, know that you are not alone. Know the warning signs of depression and suicide so you can help yourself or someone you love. Contact 211 for help finding a provider or to take advantage of one of our free and confidential mental health support programs.

Substance Use

Treatment and support are also available for substance use concerns. You can call 211, press 1 to talk to someone about substance use right away.

Addiction is a chronic disease that can be fatal if left untreated. There are medications, detox programs and treatment programs that can help throughout Maryland. Learn substance treatment options and low-cost programs.

You can also find local opioid programs through 211's MDHope program. It's a free text messaging program that provides individuals, families, social workers, and other professionals with local treatment centers, naloxone, free medication disposal bags, and prevention supports.

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