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Health Care and Transportation in Boston

American pop culture enthusiasts might think they know all about life in Boston — the city makes many an appearance in TV programs. But living in Boston is not all about St. Patrick’s Day, the Stanley Cup, or the distinctive New England accent. Our article on this bustling city has all the key information for expats.
The Boston subway, colloquially referred to as the “T”, is among the city's most used transportation methods.

Boston: Good Healthcare Is Not Far Away 

Unfortunately for many citizens and expat residents in Boston, the USA has the distinction of being the only country of the so-called “first world” without a comprehensive national healthcare plan. There are only a few public healthcare options such as Medicare for pensioners and Medicaid for minimum wage earners. Furthermore, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 aims to make healthcare more affordable for the less fortunate.

The US is among the leading players in medical research, offering specialized staff and every imaginable modern treatment method. However, it all comes at a price, and hospital bills are known to virtually ruin some people if they have to pay everything out of their own pockets.

Boston is one of the larger centers of medical research, in large part thanks to the excellent universities in the city and its metropolitan area. There are over thirty medical institutions, hospitals, and specialized clinics located in Boston, many of which are affiliated with a university or college. There is virtually no ailment that could not be taken care of in one of the fine institutions in the city, most of which are among the best in all of New England. In Boston, 911 emergency calls are overseen by the Boston Emergency Medical Services.

The website of the Boston online directory shows a list of many of the city’s medical institutions.

Don’t Forget to Get a Health Insurance Plan

When negotiating your employment contract with the company you are going to sign with, make sure to inquire about company group insurance plans. Keep in mind, though, that practically no health insurance plans offer 100% coverage of expenses. Oftentimes, however, your family and dependents will be covered by your insurance as well.

There is, of course, also the possibility of investing in health insurance directly without the financial aid of your employer. Needless to say, this method is more expensive, and it’s unlikely you will find a plan offering a wider range of services or products.

What could be more important than you and your family's personal health? Our Expat Guide on healthcare and insurance can help you take care of health matters during your life abroad in the US.

The “T” and More: Public Transportation in Boston

For a city of its population and repute, you will find that Boston is quite compact. In fact, only six cities in the US have higher population densities. The benefit of such an urban geography is that Boston is great both for walking and cycling. In Boston, you’re unlikely to be absolutely reliant on your car for transportation.

Even if you are not much of a fan of walking or cycling, you can still avoid extensive use of automobiles. A network of more than 180 bus routes services every part of the city. The Boston subway, commonly known as the “T”, is the oldest subway in the entire country, operating on five lines.

On the website of the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority, the service provider for the Boston area, you can find information on all options and modes of public transportation in your new home. Everything from fares and routes to nearby services and terms of use is covered there. You can also find useful tools such as a trip planner.

Besides inner city transportation, Boston is also very well connected to its metropolitan region, with various suburban and intercity train lines servicing the rest of Massachusetts, New England, and the East Coast. If you prefer to escape the high rental prices of the city proper and move to the outskirts, it still won’t take you too long to go downtown or to your workplace.

Public transportation can not only get you around town, but also around the country! Our detailed guide on public transportation in the US gives you a rundown of your various transportation options.


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