Dr. David Smith, Founder Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic.. " The Haight Ashbury Free Clinic was born in June of 1967 during the peak of the summer of love. Supported by Bill Graham and local musicians as well as large numbers of Medical volunteers from the local community the clinic operated 24 hours about 250 patients per day including a very active talk down center for bad LSD trips.
Free came from the alternative Free city concept articulated by the Diggers and the founding slogan was " Heathcare is a right not a privilege." That slogan is now articulated by President Obama in his Health Care reform message called Obama care and there are now other 2000 Free Clinics serving the medical outsiders across the country.
The Free Clinic spirit which started during the Summer of Love is alive and well 50 years after the summer of love ."