consists of 50 states and a federal
district. It lies within the
North America region, splitting
Atlantic Ocean and the
Pacific Ocean. The capital is
D.C. It has Mexico down
is the northern neighbor. Its borders also
extend out from the America
continent; with 14 insular territories
scatter from the Pacific to the Caribbean.
Healthcare in the USA
Despite of its advanced
economy, there is no one common universal
healthcare system in the United States.
Instead a number of healthcare
systems are thriving here addressing
individual market and patients' needs.
Fortunately, assessing health care
services is very convenient in
as there are hundreds of medical
professionals operating in individual states
The system does not advocate
automatic pairing of doctor/patient so you
need to find a way to look out for your
doctor in your new neighborhood, whether it
is from the phone book or by simply driving
Invariably, the first questions to
ask when you think you come across a
suitable doctor is to check if he or she is
willing to accept new patient.
You will be expected to fill out some
forms and declare your medical condition.
It may be a good idea to obtain a
copy of your medical records from your
previous doctor to save you some troubles.
Regardless, the process is important
in that it allows the new doctor to stay on
top of your overall medical well-being.
Emergencies in the USA
If you have to deal with
an emergency situation in America and not
able to get to hospital for some reason,
instinctively call 911 for urgent
The folks at 911 are medically
trained and they are prepared to deal with
any kind of medical emergencies.
This will be one quick and safe way
to get to the nearest emergency room. In
situation you are still able to make your
trip to the hospital, call the hospital
concerned about your impending visit, so
that the medical stuff can be sufficiently
This is one useful idea so that you
don't spend unnecessary hours waiting to get
If going to hospital is not your
plan, you could ring up your doctor for
urgent medical treatment.
for Your Medical Treatment
In the absence of
universal healthcare, a number of
independent systems are at work.
Medicaid is the primary system that
provides coverage to the disabled and
elderly who have previous work records,
Medicaid is another system serving similar
purpose, the State Children's Health
Insurance Program covers kids from low
income bracket, the veterans health
administration and tri-care.
Always keep your
insurance card handy as you will be expected
to produce some form of insurance proof at
the front desk or on your registration at
hospitals are invariably funded by insurance
plans or out-of-pocket from patients in
exchange for services rendered.
There are certain
pre-established requirements in order to
qualify for health insurance in America (being a permanent resident
who has stayed a minimum of five years is
not one of them).
Following is a list of helpful
information for you to understand the
All American residents (both citizens and
permanent residents) above the age of 65
qualify for Part A Medicare if any of the
followings is satisfied:
is entitled to Social Security benefits
is entitled to Railroad Retirement benefit
workers with pre-set number of years during
which there were payments made to the
spouse (living, divorced, or ill) who
satisfy the above
For anyone above 65 and not readily
qualify for Medicare, the alternative is to
pay a premium in order to enjoy the
On the other scale, there could be people
under 65 and yet qualifies for Medicare;
patients of Lou Gehrig’s disease and those
at end stage renal disease are some who
belong to this category.
By extension, people who qualify for Part
A Medicare also get to enjoy the benefits of
Part B Medicare. Between the two variations
of Medicare, Part A is free program whereas
Part B requires some premium to be paid into
it. Alternatively, those who are not
eligible for Part A can simply choose to pay
for Part B under certain conditions.
government started the Part A Medicare
originally intended to help cover hospital
fees and today it continues to be operated
by the government. Part B was formulated
later as a form of healthcare insurance for
senior residents and the coverage is more
extensive that it covers visits to doctors,
outpatient treatment, etc.
In addition to the Part A and B mentioned
earlier, there are also Part C and Part D
(those qualify for A & B invariably qualify
for these two as well). Part C is actually a
replacement of parts A and B with additional
premium. It represents a more comprehensive
plan which includes prescription drug
benefits. On the other hand, Part D extends
benefits of prescription drug benefits to
people on Parts A and B.
The American hospitals follow the
universal policy to save life first before
any payment consideration. But be mindful
that the ambulance you requested to send you
to hospital could set you back easily by a
couple of hundred dollars, and you are fully
expected to foot the expense resulting from
the medical treatment. If you are under
cover by some insurance policy, you would
usually still be required to come out with
portion of the cost for the hospital visit.
The full bill would usually be sent you
Hospitals in America
In major states and cities, USA
hospitals are usually within reach easily
but if you happen to be in rural and small
towns, the choice could be more restricted.
Some rural towns, especially, are
known to have no standard hospital
It is advisable that you conduct a
search on the internet to check the
availability of hospitals within our nearest
to your new neighborhood before you get your
back and go America. You can have a look at our
list of hospitals in
Being a technology
powerhouse, hospitals in America is never
short of it is medical supplies and
They are also well-staffed by
professional specialists, surgeons, doctors
and medical staff, all recruited from the
universities here and around the world.
It is only natural to expect the best
treatment possible where healthcare is
Prescription Drugs in
Patients are able to get
the prescription drugs over at drugstores
which are usually manned by pharmacists.
Their presence in the stores would be
helpful when it comes to instructions on how
these prescription medicines are to be
The labeling here is done in strictly
Dentists in America
Here in America, you find a dentist pretty
much the same way you find a doctor.
You will need to find out if there is
any restriction on your choice of dentist if
you have an insurance cover for dental
Many insurance plans impose certain
limits as far as dental procedures are
Childcare in America
A host of childcare
services are available locally. You can
choose from institutional childcare,
corporate institutional childcare or private
Most corporations have a pretty
pro-family attitude, so for working couple
in the USA, there are
multiple ways of arrangement that childcare
can be sorted out easily.
You will find your
stay in America going to
be a pleasant one.
With the first-class doctors, latest
medical technologies and comprehensive
health care system, more and more people are