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Healthcare in Houston
The Cream of the Crop: Texas Medical Center
As with many other aspects, Houston shines when it comes to medical institutions. The Texas Medical Center (TMC) is the largest of its kind in the world, employing more than 100,000 people on its premises in the southwestern part of the loop. Among the TMC’s institutions are 21 hospitals with different specialties, including the world-renowned University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and several children’s hospitals, various medical and nursing schools, and a number of research facilities. In addition to the many employees, upwards of 60,000 students and volunteers are affiliated with the TMC.
Applauded for their quality both nationally and worldwide, often among the best in their field of specialty, the member institutions of the TMC are sure to be able to take care of whatever ailment might befall you during your time as an expat in Houston.
While the TMC is unquestionably the Houston area’s most notable address for all things health and medical research related, it’s certainly not the only one. The Houston metropolitan area boasts more than 90 hospitals and thousands of physicians, many of whom have undergone excellent training in one of the city’s many educational institutions. Safe to say, your health is in good hands in Houston.
While Houston may have a spearheading position in the healthcare sector, you can rely on doctors and hospitals throughout the US to be of great quality. Our guide offers in-depth information.
Health Insurance: Make Sure You Have It Covered
Healthcare and health insurance have been two of the biggest topics in recent years in the US. Historically, the USA has not offered its citizens a comprehensive national healthcare plan, earning it the unfortunate distinction of being the only so-called “first world country” without one. While much of the USA in general, and the Houston area in particular, has excellent healthcare options, many of them are much too expensive for low-income parts of the populace. The two current public healthcare plans, Medicare and Medicaid, aim to offer those people at least some degree of coverage. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 is aiming to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for everyone.
As an expat in Houston, you will most likely not be affected by this. You should, however, keep in mind that you should buy a comprehensive insurance plan yourself if none was included in your remuneration package. Otherwise, you would essentially be uninsured. Be sure to discuss this matter with your employer when negotiating the details of your contract. Many jobs come with the added bonus of a company health insurance plan by default, so you should not miss out.
For a more detailed look at this important matter, please see our separate guide article on health insurance for expats in the US.
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