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Health Insurance & Medical Treatment

Medical care options for travelers to the USA

There are many options if you need medical attention while traveling in the U.S. Before leaving home, check with your health insurance provider to see if you are covered while traveling in the U.S. If so, make sure you carry your insurance card with you. If not, consider buying temporary or travel health insurance that will cover you during your travels. Health care costs can be expensive if you are not adequately covered. Also check whether your insurance provider covers medical evacuation in the event you need to be brought home via medical transport.


All major cities and towns have one or more hospitals. Make sure you know the name of the hospitals in the areas in which you are traveling. The front desks of most lodging facilities should have a list of local hospitals. 

Health Clinics & Urgent Care Centers

Health clinics and urgent care centers are designed to help patients with illnesses or injuries that are not life threatening. Many pharmacies also have walk-in clinics staffed by medical professionals. Hotel staff or your host can often direct you to such health centers.