SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – An icon of 60s-era street medicine in San Francisco, is a thing of the past.
The Haight Ashbury Free Clinic opened its doors as the first free medical clinic in the country in 1967. Now, some 52 years later, it is closing its doors.READ MORE: Oakland City Council Votes to Defund Police, Stripping More Than $17M from Department Budget
The free clinic first opened on June 7, 1967, during the Summer of Love when thousands of youth flooded San Francisco. Providing medical, psychiatric and substance-abuse treatment free of charge, it served as a model for similar clinics across the country.
Two other free clinics in San Francisco, HealthRIGHT 360 and its affiliate program, Tenderloin Health Services, will close down in October.READ MORE: 165 Pounds Of Fireworks Seized, Man Arrested In Oakland Crackdown
The closures are blamed on neighborhood changes, competition and rising rent.
At the end of the transition, there will only be one Health-Right 360 at its Mission Street location. The Berkeley Free Clinic will remain open.MORE NEWS: Menlo Park Fire Chief: Time Is Short in Search for Survivors of Florida Condo Collapse
Free clinics were emblematic of 60s counterculture, promoting the value of healthcare as a human right.