Healthcare in San Francisco


Vaccines and Medecines in San Francisco


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To see a doctor in an emergency, you can go to the emergency room at the hospital and they will assess how serious your injury or illness is and admit you as time allows. In case of a true emergency, call 911 and an ambulance and paramedics will arrive as soon as possible to take care of the injured person and transport them to the nearest hospital. If your injury is serious, but does not require immediate attention, it may take a while to be admitted. If you have a doctor you see regularly you might be able to be seen on short notice. Always have you insurance card with you to help with the paperwork.

San Francisco City Hospitals:

California Pacific Medical Center
3700 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
415-600-6000

Chinese Hospital
845 Jackson St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
415-982-2400

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
2425 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-202-2000

Laguna Honda Hospital
375 Laguna Honda Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94116
415-664-1580

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
900 Hyde St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
415-353-6000

St. Luke's Hospital
3555 Caesar Chavez St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
415-647-8600

San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
415-206-8000

University Of California San Francisco
Mount Zion Medical Center
1600 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-567-6600

Pharmacy

Most pharmaceutical drugs are divided into two categories, over the counter and prescription. More drugs are offered as over the counter (like aspirin) then in Europe. One must simply pick them off the shelf and buy with no questions or consultation with either the pharmacist or a doctor. Only prescription drugs require a written note to be faxed from the doctor's office or be brought upon pick-up. A co-pay is usually required with your insurance.

For a directory of pharmacies: www.superpages.com/yellowpages.

Update 2/01/2009


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