Operation Access is a non-profit organization that provides free outpatient surgeries to patients who have no insurance coverage. A network of collaborating hospitals and volunteer medical professionals provide minor outpatient surgery free of charge throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. You must obtain a referral from your treating physician. After the post-operative appointment, the patient returns to the referring clinic for ongoing medical care.
Who Is Eligible?
To qualify, patients must:
- Be uninsured and unable to obtain job-based coverage
- Be ineligible for publicly-sponsored coverage (Medi-Cal, Medicare, Healthy Families)
- Possess less than $5,000 in savings
- Gross income can not exceed more than the 250% of Federal Poverty Level.
- Be referred by a doctor or nurse who has diagnosed a condition requiring medically necessary, outpatient surgery
- Not require ongoing care by the surgeon for successful recovery, and not possess other medical conditions that increase the risk of hospitalization.
Medical providers at community clinics refer eligible patients to Operation Access for surgery. Operation Access staff contact patients to conduct an eligibility screening by phone.
Learn more at the Operation Access website.
How Much Does It Cost?
Operation Access services are free to eligible individuals.