For Patients

Health Care Reform and You

Knowing what’s in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help you make smart health care decisions for you and your family. Some changes are happening now, with others set to take place in 2014. Find out how you will be affected by this law at

To help Californians gain a better understanding of ACA, the California Healthcare Foundation developed a two-page guide highlighting elements of ACA and what they mean for Californians.

End-of-Life Care/POLST

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a standardized medical form on bright pink paper that families must have available to show emergency responders what specific treatments a seriously ill patient does or does not want. The SFMS is the host of a grant to promote broader use of POLST in clinical settings in San Francisco. Please click here to view more information about end-of-life care decision making.

Click here to download a copy of the POLST form. Please print the form on 65# cover ultra pink card stock.

The POLST form is also available in Chinese and Spanish.

Emergency Preparedness

San Francisco is exposed to a wide variety of hazards, both natural and man-made. Earthquakes, fires, severe storms, power outages, and acts of terrorism are just some of the potential emergencies we may encounter. SFMS strongly urges physicians and their patients to learn about how to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency. Why not spruce up your disaster planning knowledge by reading the SFMS’s emergency preparedness guidelines?