Our impact in California

News and perspectives on public policy in California

Our impact in California

News and perspectives on public policy in California

Founded in California in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is a nonprofit health plan and provider of care for 9.4 million Californians. We are the largest private employer in the state and a leading voice with health care policy decision-makers. We believe it is important to provide our perspective on complex policy debates and engage the public in these critical issues.

Key issues

Our care

Kaiser Permanente’s presence throughout California positively impacts the lives of many more people than just our members, physicians, and employees. Through our care, hospitals and medical buildings, community investment, and market-leading compensation, we are a major contributor to the world’s fifth-largest economy. Key statistics include: 

$1.9 billion

invested in charitable and community health efforts, including support for California’s homeless population1

Largest private employer

in California3




Medical office buildings4


Direct and indirect jobs5

$103 billion

Plus in economic output6

In California, our more than 17,701 physicians and 172,824 employees, including more than 130,500 proud union members, are working together to provide extraordinary care to our patients and members.

Kaiser Permanente’s award-winning integrated model of care and coverage allows our physicians to coordinate care with our hospitals, specialists, and other services, so they are all working together to keep patients healthy and provide the best care when it’s needed. With health care, pharmacy, vision, lab, and other services provided together seamlessly our model ensures convenience and affordability. It’s why we’re among the highest-ranked health plans in California.


1Kaiser Permanente, 2022
2As of December 31, 2022
3Capitol Matrix Consulting, 2020
4As of December 31, 2022
5Capitol Matrix Consulting, 2020
6Capitol Matrix Consulting, 2020