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How to Switch Your Care to UC San Diego Health

Whether you have insurance through your employer, via Medicare or buy your own, you may be able to change to UC San Diego Health, with its wide network of primary care doctors and world-class specialists.

If you're ready to switch, it's easy to make the change. Depending on the type of health insurance you have, you may be able to change to one of our primary care providers (PCPs) at any time. (See PCPs accepting new patients.) In other cases, you may need to wait until Open Enrollment or after a qualifying event.

Questions? Call 858-249-3560 to speak with a UC San Diego Health insurance navigator. We ready to help you!

What type of health insurance do you have?

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Medicare

  • Check Medicare Plans Accepted at UC San Diego Health to see if we accept your current plan. If so, you may be able to change to a UC San Diego Health primary care provider (PCP) at any time.
  • For help with switching to one of the plans that we do accept, contact the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), 858-565-8772.
  • Have other questions? Call us at 858-249-3560.
  • Did you switch your plan? Call us at 858-657-7000 to update your insurance information.

Medi-Cal or Medi-Connect (Medicare and Medi-Cal)

  • Check Medi-Cal and Medi-Connect Plans Accepted at UC San Diego Health to see if we accept your current plan. If so, you may be able to change to a UC San Diego Health primary care provider (PCP) at any time.
  • For help with switching to one of the plans that we do accept, contact the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), 858-565-8772.
  • Have other questions? Call us at 858-249-3560.
  • Did you switch your plan? Call us at 858-657-7000 to update your insurance information.

Covered California (also known as "Obamacare," Affordable Care Act or the state health exchange)

  • Check Covered California Plans Accepted at UC San Diego Health to see if we accept your current plan. If so, you may be able to change to a UC San Diego Health primary care provider (PCP) at any time.
  • For assistance switching to one of the plans that we do accept, call Healthcare Options, 858-565-8772.
  • Have other questions? Call us at 858-249-3560.
  • Did you switch your plan? Call us at 858-657-7000 to update your insurance information.

Health insurance through an employer

  • Check Insurance Plans Accepted at UC San Diego Health to see if we accept your current plan. If so, you may be able to change to a UC San Diego Health primary care provider (PCP) at any time.
  • To select a new plan through your employer, call the health plan directly to verify if UC San Diego Health is in the network. They may ask you your employer information and our Tax ID numbers, which are Medical Group Tax ID # 23-7064656 and Medical Center Tax ID #33-05994954
  • Have other questions? Call us at 858-249-3560.
  • Did you switch your plan? Call us at 858-657-7000 to update your insurance information.

Private commercial insurance

  • Check Insurance Plans Accepted at UC San Diego Health to see if we accept your current plan. If so, you may be able to change to a UC San Diego Health primary care provider (PCP) at any time.
  • If you are selecting a new plan from the list above, call the health plan directly first to verify if UC San Diego Health is in the network. They may ask for our Tax ID numbers, which are Medical Group Tax ID # 23-7064656 and Medical Center Tax ID #33-05994954
  • Have other questions? Call us at 858-249-3560.
  • Did you switch your plan? Call us at 858-657-7000 to update your insurance information.

UC employee insurance

Current UC employees: You can choose between UC Blue & Gold HMO or UC Care PPO to receive care at UC San Diego Health.

  • UC Blue & Gold plan: After you select this plan in UC Path, you will be asked to choose a primary care provider. Use this list of primary care location codes to find your preferred primary care location. (You do not need to designate a certain provider.) Do not click "Select a Provider" next to the field; instead, after reviewing the checkboxes below, choose "Save and Continue."
  • UC Care: This plan is administered by Anthem Blue Cross. There's no need to choose a primary care physician. Your most optimal benefits will be applied when you see a UC San Diego Health provider or other Tier One provider.

UC retirees: Please call 858-249-3560 for more information on accepted plans.

Questions? Please call our WeCare concierge line, 619-543-2273. This dedicated phone line can help UC employees with scheduling appointments, processing referrals, care coordination, and general guidance on receiving care at UC San Diego Health.


FAQs to help you switch your care

Do you accept my plan?

We accept all major health plans. Learn more at Insurance Plans Accepted.

How do I begin my care with UC San Diego Health?

Call 800-926-8273. One of our team members will happily assist you with registering as a patient, answering any questions, choosing a primary care provider and setting up your first appointment.

Where can I find UC San Diego Health clinic locations and phone numbers?

See all UC San Diego Health locations, including several new locations that are closer to where our patients live and work.

How do I choose a primary care physician?

See Primary Care for more information about our Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Senior Medicine and Pediatrics providers. You can also read bios of our PCPs accepting new patients.

How do I find a specialist?

Search for any of our world-class specialists in our Find a Provider database.

What medical services do you offer?

See medical services available at UC San Diego Health.

What is MyUCSDChart?

MyUCSDChart is an online portal that securely houses your electronic medical records. View test results, request medications, meesage your providers and more. You can access it through a web browser or the MyUCSDHealth app. Learn more about MyUCSDChart.

Does UC San Diego Health have its own laboratory services?

Yes, we have on-site lab services and partner with regional laboratory providers for convenient, accessible services. See a list of lab locations.

Does UC San Diego Health have its own pharmacies?

Yes, we have several pharmacy locations.

How do I schedule an appointment?

For your first appointment, call one of our patient navigators at 800-926-8273. After you establish care, you can call or make appointments online, including video visits. For more information, see Make an Appointment.

What if I have more questions?

We have more answers! See Patient FAQ or Billing and Insurance FAQ


For More Information

  • Insurance questions: 858-249-3560
  • Choosing a primary care provider and making appointments: 800-926-8273
  • Primary care options
Primary care providers accepting new patients