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Traveling for health care needs require preparation and, before you leave, here is some valuable information that will assist with your plan of care.
Medical Reports, Diagnostic Imaging and Medications List
Ask your physician to provide you with copies of important information, such as:
- All medical reports and films/CD/DVD of important imaging(CAT scan, Mammogram, MRI, PET scan, Ultrasound, X-ray, etc). This information is essential for our physicians to review.
- A list of current prescription medication which includes all “over the counter medications,” herbal medication or supplements. In addition, you may want to include all allergies or reactions you have ever had to any medications or foods.
- A profile of past medical history detailing your conditions, if you have any pain or discomfort, and family history.
Traveling Documents and Visas
Like any international travel, coming to the United States for medical assistance may require specific documentation when entering the country:
- Do not forget to review the passport expiration date of all members traveling with you.
- Prior to your visit, you can consult Travel.State.gov to find out if you need other documentation and find forms to request the right visa. Should you need support, please contact an HCA International Services Program team member who can offer assistance with documentation from your embassy or consulate.
- Prior to passing through immigration, an I-94 form will be given to you to fill out. Make sure that you include the all details of your stay while visiting the United States.
- If you lose your visa, passport or other important documents during your stay, contact your Consulate.
An HCA International Services program team member can assist you with insurance verification and consultation pricing prior to your visit in the United States.
- Some countries might request you to wire transfer money prior to your appointment. Please contact your HCA International Services team member for instructions on wire transferring. Remember to provide a copy of the transaction to your team member to assist with payment of your account.
- For those patients who plan to visit without international health insurance, we can provide an estimate of the hospital charges in order to help you take the appropriate course of action.
- If you have insurance, please contact your insurance provider prior to your visit and ask for coverage information, health care eligibility and authorization. When you arrive at one of our facilities, we will coordinate with the insurance company to review benefits including deductible, co-payment and any other necessary information.
HCA International Services program has agreements with most international insurance companies. HCA International Services Program has prepared a list of all insurances we accept at our facilities.
Packing for South Florida
The average annual temperature in South Florida ranges from the low 60’s to the high 90’s. The Weather Channel can provide a more in-depth look at seasonal temperatures in South Florida by county, city or zip code.
- When preparing your luggage, remember to pack clothing for your trip as well as your medical appointments. You may need clothing which allows for movement or undressing easily.
- Bring all medications you will need during your stay, hygiene products and any other personal comforts.
- Medical procedures may result in a longer stay in South Florida. When in doubt, pack for additional days. If an extended stay is unanticipated but necessary, our team members can help.
- Packing for international travel has specific guidelines and regulations. If you would like more information about procedures for luggage preparation and security screening, please visit the TSA .
Many of our facilities are equipped with a language line that can translate for you 24/7. Whenever possible, HCA International Services Program team members will pair you with a physicians and specialists that can communicate with you. Language interpreters are also available upon request during a hospital stay. Please let our team member know your language preference when you call to discuss your visit.