Medical Care Where I Live or Where I Work?

Parent Q&A

  • Hello - Random question, but I'm curious what other people do here. I live in the East Bay and work in San Francisco. I've gone to UCSF for my primary care for over a decade as I used to live in SF, and often my appointments are for things that I can do mid-work day, so having them located in SF is usually the most convenient thing for me.

    However, for the few times when I am sick at home in the East Bay and want to see a doctor, driving in to SF to see someone clearly is not practical.

    So... what do other people that split their time between the two locations do? I'm reluctant to move everything to the East Bay as it's not always possible to get an end-of-day appointment, and to go from my office in SF to an appointment in the East Bay and back would not be practical either (and I couldn't work from home every time I have a random doctor appointment).


    Same history -- we keep going to our doctor in SF.  When sick, I drive in--totally not convenient.  There are these walk-in clinics now, like StatMed that we have occasionally used in the east bay for injuries. 

    This is why we like being a part of One Medical. My husband works in SF, I work in Marin, and we live in the East Bay. My primary doctor is in Marin by my office but if I'm sick at home and need to see someone, I can go to their Berkeley or Oakland location. My husband can do the same. It's really great! 

    I'm in a similar position - used to live in SF and all my medical care was based there, but have been living in the East Bay for the last three. I have a demanding job and can't take a ton of time away for long commutes to appointments.  (I love my dentist in Berkeley though and refuse to give him up, so every once in a while I leave work early for an end of day appointment.) A few things I do

    1. All East Bay appointments need to be early morning or late afternoon, I spend the extra effort looking for providers that can accomodate this

    2. The majority of my doctors are still SF based ones but I have switched over time so now the majority of my doctors are located near BART. I know its a weird requirement but makes life so much easier. I BART in from the East Bay and over three jobs have always been near BART (a requirement for me for my job and a manageable commute) so I figure if I keep my doctors near BART, I'll have easy access even if I switch jobs in SF.  This has worked out great. Switching doctors is a pain but luckily there are lots of great doctors downtown so it wasn't too bad.

    3. I'm currently pregnant, and struggled with this exact question re: all my prenatal care, especially since I wanted prenatal care at the same facility I'd deliver at.  I was torn between Alta Bates in East Bay and UCSF Mission Bay and ultimately decided to go with UCSF as it is much more convenient for work - with all the frequency of appointments over 9 months, for me and my job that was just more important, and its an equally great hospital. True, I could have to go over a bridge to deliver, but its just as likely to happen the other way around, so i picked easy appointments.