Healthcare in San Francisco
The healthcare system in San Francisco enjoys a good reputation and is defined by exemplary medical centres and unique healthcare access.
The city is an exception to the general American rule in the way that it provides government-sponsored health insurance for lower income residents.
Many expats won’t qualify for the city-sponsored low-cost healthcare insurance unless they make less than 52,000 USD a year individually or 106,000 USD for a family of four. However, even if an expat does qualify to receive state insurance, care cannot be received outside of San Francisco, while dental and optometry services are not covered.
Most businesses in the area hiring expats will provide health insurance. It is extremely important to have full medical insurance in the US as hospitals are extremely expensive and non-emergency care can be refused. One of the best hospitals in the country is located in the city, in the form of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Centre.
Pharmacies in San Francisco are widely available in the form of chain pharmacies, in-store pharmacies that are part of a grocery or department store, and independent chemists.
Hospitals in San Francisco
Some of the most prominent hospitals in San Francisco include:
California Pacific Medical Center
45 Castro Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 600 6000
John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek
Tel: (925) 939 3000
San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 206 8000
University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
The University of California, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 476 1000
2000 Mowry Avenue, Fremont
Tel: (510) 797 1111