Zuckerberg Hospital ER Doesn’t Take Private Insurance, Sticking San Francisco Patients with Huge Bills

The Zuckerberg Hospital in San Francisco is the largest in the city serving about 20% of all San Franciscans, but it is considered “out-of-network” for all private insurance plans. This means that those with private insurance plans who receive treatment in their ER suffer a painful price. This is all due to the hospital being forced to go out of network for private insurance plans in order to offset the necessary care provided for the indigent population and patients with Medicare/Medicaid. It is an example of insurance companies not paying according to their terms and state laws and a hospital working within the inequities of the system as best they can, to provide care, which in turn has a significant impact on the privately insured population.