Clinicís vision is to serve as a health care provider for those residents of St. Joseph and Buchanan County who are uninsured and 100% or below the federal poverty level. The clinic will make a constant effort to collaborate with other health care providing entities in Buchanan County to assure that the over all care of the population is coordinated and efficient. The clinic will treat all patients with respect, compassion, and dignity.
The Social Welfare Board of Buchanan County (SWB) is a not for profit healthcare clinic that provides free medical and dental care to uninsured residents who live in Buchanan County at or below 100% of the federal poverty level and do not qualify for Medicare, Medicaid or Veteranís Benefits. The medical clinic was established in 1913 by Missouri State Statute 205.770 and is based on the idea that the community would take care of the medically indigent, a unique provision being that physicians would provide services at no cost to the patients or sponsoring body, consequently, the Social Welfare clinic is the oldest free clinic in the United States.
The Mission of the Social Welfare Clinic is to promote and provide quality health care to the indigent of the City of St. Joseph and Buchanan County.