Thursday, October 29, 2009

Doctors & Dentists - Appointments, Visits and Insurance

In the U.S.A. there are many types of doctors, from general medical practitioners to specialists such as cardiologists and dermatologists. In the United States, most people have a family doctor who sends them to a specialist or hospital if necessary.

Note that in big cities most doctors have one or two specialties (including general practitioners), the most common are internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics and gynecology. The best doctor depends on your age, your family and your medical history. Most Americans go to an internist or family physician for routine things. The general practice doctor is becoming less common, family physicians are better trained. If you're staying a while in the U.S., we recommend that you look for a doctor as soon as possible instead of waiting to get sick.

It is better to make an appointment before going to the doctor. If this is your first time, you'll likely need to fill out a form with your name, address, social security numbers and information about your health insurance. Unless you really need urgent treatment, it is best NOT to go to the emergency room (ER) to see a doctor. You should only use the emergency department for emergencies, as they tend to be really expensive.

If you are treated by a doctor, but it is an emergency, you will probably have to pay first bill and then reclaim the amount to the insurance company. It is important to keep all reports and receipts for medical services. Contact your insurance company for more information.

If you live in a big city, you will have more chances of finding a doctor who speaks your native/countries language. For the list of doctors look in the yellow pages or call your insurance company. You can also contact your embassy or consulate to which you provide a list of doctors who speak your language.


In the United States, dentists, as well as general practitioners and other specialists, often have private practice and can be very expensive. As dental care in the U.S. is very expensive, many foreigners make their dental examinations during there visits to their country.

Many large hospitals, especially those associated with universities, have dental clinics that are open to the public and are generally much less expensive than private ones. Usually insurance covers only emergency dental treatment, so check the rates before going to the dentist. Since it is likely that treatment is cheaper in your country, get a full review before coming to the United States America.

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1 comment:

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