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Healthcare in Boston

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Expats in Boston have access to excellent healthcare and hospitals attached to the best medical schools in the world. As with other parts of the U.S., it's imperative to know your coverage before you access any kind of care or purchase prescription medication.

General Healthcare Information for Boston

Below you will find information for navigating healthcare in Boston.

For a general article about the United States, read our article that provides information about Healthcare in the US.

The Boston Public Health Commission is the oldest health department in the United States that provides a wide range of health services and programs.

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Hospitals in Boston

As noted in Wikipedia: "The Longwood Medical and Academic Area, adjacent to the Fenway district, is home to a large number of medical and research facilities, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Dana–Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Joslin Diabetes Center, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences."

With some of the best medical schools in the world located in the Boston metro area, there are excellent hospitals and other medical centers available to expats.

Here is a more complete list of hospitals in Boston:

Boston Medical Center

Carney Hospital

Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital

Floating Hospital for Children

Franciscan Children's

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center - Boston

Massachusetts Eye and Ear - A specialty hospital located in Boston, MA, which focuses on ophthalmology (eye), otolaryngology (ear/nose/throat), and related medicine and research.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital for Children

Mattapan Community Health Center (MCHC)

New England Baptist Hospital

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Boston - "a highly specialized pediatric surgical care center located in the heart of the city. It is considered one of the world’s preeminent hospitals in the treatment of children with severe burn injuries, complex skin conditions, and cleft lip and palate."

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital - Boston - One of the leading rehabilitation hospitals in the United states.

Tufts Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Boston Children's Hospital

Dana–Farber Cancer Institute

Joslin Diabetes Center - Has been described as the world’s largest diabetes research center, diabetes clinic, and provider of diabetes education.

List of Hospitals in the state of Massachusetts

Pharmacies in Boston

As is the case in just about all big cities in the United States, there are a large number of pharmacies in Boston. The options include large chains, independent pharmacies, and supermarkets that have pharmacy departments located within them.

Most residents in Boston will favor one pharmacy near their, but that is not always the case. It also depends on if the nearest pharmacy has the prescription medication you are looking for and that they have a relationship with your insurance company. If you are part of a family,

The biggest Pharmacy chains in the United States are CVS, Walgreens and the pharmacy department of Walmart.

Here is a list of Walgreens in Boston

Independent Pharmacies in Boston:

Gary Drug
59 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114

Central Pharmacy
1349 COMMONWEALTH AVE
ALLSTON, MA, 02134
617-254-5900

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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