How does Blue Shield choose doctors and hospitals?

Our network of doctors and hospitals is designed to meet the needs of members through access to

Primary care physicians within 15 miles or 30 minutes

  • Family Practice
  • Pediatrics 
  • Internal Medicine
  • General Practice 

Specialists within 30 miles

  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat)
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Neurology
  • OB-GYN
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Urology

and hospitals within 15 miles.

A full selection of behavioral health providers for mental health care and substance use treatment are available. Additional specialists are included in our network if they meet our credentialing requirements to help make sure members have access to a larger number of doctors within a reasonable distance from home.

Blue Shield uses cost information to insure the Covered California plans meet the company mission of access to high-quality health care at an affordable price; providers who demonstrate cost-effective care with high quality are included in the network. Blue Shield does not use quality measures, member experience measures, and patient safety measures to select our network.