Need out-of-area care?

Here’s what you need to know about getting out-of-area care.

You are covered for emergency room and urgent care services outside the San Diego county area. You or someone acting on your behalf should notify us or your doctor within 48 hours if you are admitted to a hospital, so that your medical history can be shared and your doctor can help coordinate your care. 

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Emergency travel services

When faced with a medical emergency while traveling 100 miles or more away from home or in another country, we can connect you to doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other services.

We partner with Assist America to bring you key services including medical consultation, evaluation and referral, hospital admission assistance, emergency medical evaluation, medical monitoring, prescription assistance, compassionate visits and more.

We're ready to help

  • Call the Assist America hotline: 1-800-872-1414
  • Say you’re a Sharp Health Plan member and use the Sharp reference number:
  • Staffed 24 hours a day / 365 days a year
  • Out-of-area emergency services do not require an authorization from your PCP

Download the brochure

Convenience with CVS MinuteClinic

If you’re traveling and experience minor illness or injury, stop by a CVS Pharmacy® store. Select CVS Pharmacy stores include MinuteClinics that are equipped to care for you. Medicare members pay their urgent care copayment anywhere in the United States.

Talk to a nurse after-hours from anywhere

Calling our after-hours hotline might be a good option if a medical question arises during your travels. Compassionate nurses are ready to answer health-related questions or point you in the right direction to get the care you need. Call a nurse at 1-855-562-8853, 5 p.m – 8 a.m. PST, Monday to Friday, or 24 hours on weekends.


Sharp Direct Advantage is offered by Sharp Health Plan. Sharp Health Plan is an HMO with a Medicare contract. Enrollment with Sharp Health Plan depends on contract renewal. Read the full disclaimer.

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