If you or a U.S. citizen loved one become seriously ill or injured abroad, we can:
We do not pay medical bills. Payment of hospital and other expenses is the patient’s responsibility.
You can find lists of doctors and hospitals in the country you are visiting on the U.S. embassy or consulate websites.
Before you go abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas. If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form.
Although some health insurance companies pay "customary and reasonable" hospital costs abroad, very few pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States. Medical evacuation can cost $50,000 or more, depending on your location and medical condition. For more information, visit our website for Insurance Providers for Overseas Coverage.
In general, health care you get while traveling outside the United States is not covered by Medicare. The 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa are considered part of the United States.
Senior citizens may wish to contact Medicare.gov, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) or a travel agent for information about foreign medical care coverage with private Medicare supplement plans.
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For an authoritative reference on physicians abroad, consult the American Board of Medical Specialists.
You can find lists of doctors and hospitals in the country you are visiting on the U.S. embassy and consulate websites, under the “American Citizens Services” heading.
The U.S. Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the medical professionals, medical facilities or air ambulance services whose names appear on the lists developed by the U.S. embassy and consulates. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. embassy or consulate. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information in the list on professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the medical professional, medical facility or air ambulance service; the embassy or consulate is not in a position to vouch for such information. You may receive additional information about the individuals and facilities on the list by contacting local medical boards and associations (or its equivalent) or local licensing authorities.
If you have pre-existing medical problems:
It is estimated that thousands of U.S. citizens travel abroad for medical care each year. Medical tourism includes cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and other surgery procedures.
U.S. citizens considering travel abroad for medical care should:
Vaccinations Are Required for Entry to Some Countries
Some countries require foreign visitors to carry an International Certificate of Vaccination, also known as a Yellow Card, or other proof that they have had certain inoculations or medical tests before entering or transiting their country. Before you travel, check the country information and contact the foreign embassy of the country to be visited or transited through for current entry requirements.