Sometimes when we think of basic necessities we are only thinking about food, clothing, and shelter. However, health care is just as important and it can be expensive and out of reach of many that need it. There are services out there that are either free or low cost, but they are not always easy to locate. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a page that makes it easy to locate those services.
Visit the Free and Low Cost Health Care page. They offer a health centers search that allows you to find health centers that provide health and dental care for people of all ages whether or not they have insurance or the money to pay for health care.
There are numerous other links for those with specific needs such as pregnancy care and assistance for those with particular illnesses. The related links section on the right side of the page has some very useful links to programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, state children's insurance, substance abuse help, mental health services, and more.
Whether or not you need any of these services now, it would be a good idea to bookmark this page. You never know when you or someone you know may be in need of these services. If there is someone in your community that is not getting the health care they need because they can't afford it you can use this resource to help them.