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Prevention — the most powerful treatment

What’s the best way to fight a serious illness? Stop it from happening in the first place. Great specialty care starts with proactive primary care. Prevention is the first line of defense — the foundation for a long and healthy life.


3 elements of industry-leading prevention

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You’re busy — with work, family, and life. When you’re a Kaiser Permanente member, it’s not your job to keep track of what kind of care you need. It’s ours. Your electronic health record triggers reminders for screenings. Your care team can see a complete picture of your health at every visit. Getting care feels easier, moves faster, and everything gets documented along the way. All because everyone — and everything — works together.

Everyone on your care team can talk to each other — and consult in real time across departments, locations, and specialties. Say you come in for a checkup and your heartbeat sounds irregular. Your doctor can consult with a cardiologist during that same routine appointment, and seamlessly connect you to specialized care if you need it. There’s no worrying about where to go next or how to get your health records into the right hands. We coordinate it all for you.

We look at the whole picture of your health — from addressing common behaviors and lifestyle risks to identifying more subtle factors that can seriously affect your health. That includes:

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Not feeling well? Call us 24/7. Need care now? Request a same-day appointment. Can’t make the drive? Talk to a doctor or nurse by phone or video.


  • Access your health records 24/7.
  • Choose your own primary care physician — a doctor you trust and feel comfortable with.
  • Get support for healthy living — with classes, coaching, reduced gym membership rates, tools for self-care, and more.2

1When appropriate and available.
2These services aren’t covered under your health plan benefits and aren’t subject to the terms set forth in your Evidence of Coverage or other plan documents. These services may be discontinued at any time without notice. Classes vary by location and some may require a fee.

Our doctors track exercise at checkups — just like your blood pressure, height, and weight — to get a better picture of your overall health. 

Bilingual providers and interpretation services help us deliver care that’s sensitive to your culture, ethnicity, and lifestyle — and ultimately a better experience for our members

Some people need more specialized preventive care. If we identify you as at a higher risk for a serious illness, we help you manage it. 

For example, we use inherited risk calculators to identify members who are more likely to develop certain cancers. Then we create personalized plans for genetic counseling and/or testing and provide ongoing support to help prevent these conditions altogether — or help catch them before they become life-threatening.

Industry-leading prevention in action

A leader in cancer screenings¹

2018 screening ratings


Working to advance preventive care

Optimizing cancer screening for all

We’re exploring how to screen for cancer most effectively and consistently across different settings, so all communities can receive the greatest benefit. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, this project brings multiple health systems together to address the preventive care disparities that contribute to poorer cancer outcomes among certain populations. Together, we’ll figure out how all people can get effective, consistent cancer screenings, regardless of who they are, where they live, or their income level.

Exploring the connection between genes, environment, and health

The Kaiser Permanente Research Bank is one of the largest research projects in the U.S. The program focuses on understanding how genetic and environmental factors affect health and disease — with the goal of developing more effective preventive care measures, and better treatments and cures.


Proactive maternity care

Our prenatal care teams specialize in catching problems before they become serious — or even better, preventing them altogether. Whether you and your baby need routine care or extra support, we’re here to help you have a healthy pregnancy and a safe delivery.


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1Kaiser Permanente 2019 HEDIS® scores. Benchmarks provided by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Quality Compass® and represent all lines of business. Kaiser Permanente combined region scores were provided by the Kaiser Permanente Department of Care and Service Quality. The source for data contained in this publication is Quality Compass 2019 and is used with the permission of NCQA. Quality Compass 2019 includes certain CAHPS data. Any data display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors, and NCQA specifically disclaims responsibility for any such display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion. Quality Compass® and HEDIS® are registered trademarks of NCQA. CAHPS® is a registered trademark of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

2Sidney, et al. “Comparative Trends in Heart Disease, Stroke, and All-Cause Mortality in the United States and a Large Integrated Healthcare Delivery System,” The American Journal of Medicine, July 2018.

3See note 1.