The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic | Actors Fund

The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic

The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic in New York City provides free health care to uninsured and underinsured documented entertainment industry professionals between the ages of 18 and 64.

Located in New York City at The Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic offers primary care and specialty care with low-cost referrals to a wide range of specialty clinics and practitioners. Dr. James Spears, The Clinic’s Medical Director, oversees a team of general practitioners and specialists who volunteer their time to provide free medical care to the entertainment community. All lab tests as well as other services provided at The Clinic are free.

The Clinic, along with our Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, also provides:

  • Onsite health insurance counseling and enrollment
  • Assistance enrolling patients into Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
  • Free monthly mammogram services in collaboration with the Project Renewal Scan Van
  • Free annual flu shots for the entire entertainment community


You must be age 18–64, have either an active membership in an entertainment union or be able to provide documentation of your employment in the entertainment industry, and be uninsured or underinsured. 

If you are 39 years old or younger, proof of employment in the entertainment industry means being able to show earnings of $3,000 per year in at least two out of the last five years. If you are between age 40–64, you must be able to show entertainment industry earnings of $3,000 per year in at least three out of the last eight years.

Acceptable documents are:

  • union card, original and signed
  • tax return listing your profession as an entertainment professional, accompanied by 1099 and W2 forms
  • pay stubs/contracts stating profession as an entertainment professional, letters from employers

For Assistance, Please Contact:

The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic
475 West 57th Street, on the corner of 10th Avenue

The Clinic does not accept walk-ins.

To make an appointment, call: 212.489.1939, Monday–Friday, 9:30 am–5:00 pm.

When you call, you should be prepared to briefly discuss the nature of your medical concern, as well as your qualifications under the eligibility criteria.

We provide an on-call service for our patients when The Clinic is closed, in collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine of Columbia University.

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