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
845 Jackson St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
2425 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Laguna Honda Hospital
375 Laguna Honda Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94116
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.
With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to San Francisco is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Usa. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
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