Wellesley, a Beautiful Suburb west of Boston, Massachusetts
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Wellesley, a Beautiful Suburb west of Boston, Massachusetts

Guide to Healthcare in United States

9 Expats Talk about Healthcare and Health Insurance in the United States

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 15, 2020

Summary: Expats living in the United States talk about healthcare, proximity to hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care in the United States, availability of prescription medicines and more.

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Expats in the United States offer insight into the quality of healthcare in the United States, proximity to hospitals, cost of health insurance and more.

What are local medical services like?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in the United States and they replied:

"Find out before coming if your current insurance is accepted by anyone here. I found that not all clinics accepted Blue Cross, which surprised me! Many locals travel to Guam or the Philippines for serious medical procedures, so keep that in mind if you are not in good health, or would not be able to travel to get care," commented an expat living in Saipan, US.

What do you think about the cost of medical care in the United States?

"Aside from what I said above, we use my husband's Blue Cross insurance with no trouble. It costs the same as elsewhere, being a benefit of his federal job (he transferred here). Our copays are the same as in Hawaii," commented an expat living in Saipan, US.

What are emergency services like?

When we asked about emergency services, members in the United States wrote:

"There is one hospital on this small island. It is in disarray from top to bottom, and in danger of closing according to local rumor. This is because of corruption in the administration, and inability to keep enough staff due to contract worker visas not being renewed," commented an expat living in Saipan, US.

Are their specialists in the area or do you need to travel to see a specialist?

"I have not yet traveled to get care, but my friends do it as a matter of course, to Guam where the care is very good. I do have to get my natural hormone replacement therapy from a practitioner in Hawaii (our previous home), as I haven't been able to find someone to prescribe it here," commented an expat living in Saipan, US.

Are most prescription medications available in the United States?

"Prescription medications are available here, at several pharmacies. It's a little more expensive up front, as I need to pay the full price and then get reimbursed by my insurance afterward (didn't work that way in the states). Compounded medicines are a different story..," commented an expat living in Saipan, US.

"The island is small, so the hospital is close. I know people who have called an ambulance and it always came. The hospital is public but I often hear that it is pitiful," commented an expat living in Christiansted, US.

"Several world-renowned hospitals are located in the city: Memorial Sloan Kettering (cancer) and Hospital for Special Surgery (orthopedics and rheumatology), New York Presbyterian Hospital (numerous specialities, includes Columbia University Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medicine) and NYC Langone and Mt. Sinai (multiple specialties). ," said another expat in New York.

"This is a bit tricky. Sure good care is available, but I have seen Americans get treatment for an emergency and their insurance would be fine with that but tell them to go stateside for follow up treatment," remarked another expat in Patillas.

"The most well known hospitals in the D.C. area are: George Washington University Hospital, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Children's National Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center , Mary Washington Hospital (Fredricksburg, Va.), Inova Fairfax Hospital (Fairfax, Va.) and Virginia Hospital Center (Arlington, Va.). A little over an hour away is Johns Hopkins, which ranks as one of the best hospitals in the United States. ," explained one expat in Washington DC.

"University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton is the closest emergency room. This is a small hospital. For specialist care, some of the best hospitals in the US are within the greater DC Baltimore area. ," said another expat in Easton.

"University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton is the closest emergency room. This is a small hospital. For specialist care, some of the best hospitals in the US are within the greater DC Baltimore area," remarked another expat in St. Michaels.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and 5 Best Places to Live in Spain. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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