Kaiser Permanente maintains 35 medical centers, 431 medical offices and approximately 14,600 physicians across the nation.
With eight major regions, Kaiser Permanente is the largest not-for-profit health care plan in the U.S. It was originally comprised of health care programs specifically for shipyard, steel mill and construction workers. Seeing that many workers could not afford health care during the Great Depression, physician Dr. Sidney Garfield began treating construction workers on a prepayment system. The prepayment system required insurance companies to pay a fixed amount per day for each covered worker, giving workers the ability to receive health care while on the job.
When the U.S. entered World War II, Garfield’s services and prepayment system were required in the shipyards of the San Francisco Bay area. Garfield met Henry J. Kaiser during this time period and formed the Permanente Health Care Plan. Public enrollment for the health care plan began in 1945.The name was officially changed to Kaiser Permanente in 1952 and is now comprised of the Permanente Medical Groups and the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals.
With approximately 167,300 employees, Kaiser Permanente maintains its corporate headquarters in Oakland, Calif. The health care plan provides a range of health services to more than 8.6 million members nationwide, including:
- Individual health care plans.
- Family health care plans.
- Employer health care solutions.
- Prepaid health plans.
- Preventive care.
- Medical centers.
- Medical offices.
My Health Manager
Online services at Kaiser Permanente include My Health Manager, a service allowing patients access to their health information all from one spot. My Health Manager gives patients the opportunity to e-mail their doctor and find information about physicians. Patients can access their medical records to see the results of tests and a history of immunizations. Other features include online prescription order, appointment scheduling and health plan management.
Kaiser Permanente offers discount rates for their members on specific programs. Member discounts are available for Weight Watchers and the 10,000 Steps Program. Kaiser Permanente also offers discounted rates on fitness and health programs such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy and fitness memberships.
Health and wellness
In addition to managing health care plans online, customers and noncustomers can find useful tools on the Kaiser Permanente website about healthy living. Information on conditions, drugs and other current health topics is also available. The Health and Wellness section of the website offers podcasts, blogs and videos on a range of health topics. Those visiting the site can find tools for fitness, pregnancy, smoking and stress. Both men’s and women’s health is covered in the Health and Wellness area of the website. Topics such as effectively quitting smoking and weight management are also touched upon.
The corporate headquarters of Kaiser Permanente are located here:
1 Kaiser Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
For more information about Kaiser Permanente call toll free at (800) 464-4000.