Healthcare in San Jose

Expats will have access to both public and private healthcare in San Jose. The care offered by its medical institutions is of a high standard and patients have access to advanced technology and highly trained staff.

Health coverage in the United States is a major issue, however, and private health insurance is recommended for expats given the high costs of healthcare in the country. The city’s healthcare network includes hospitals, clinics, private practices and pharmacies.

There are several public hospitals in the San Jose area giving patients access to a range of general and specialised services. Some of these are independent, non-profit hospitals which offer their own range of general and specialised services. San Jose’s public hospitals offer a high standard of care, although expats should expect to be in the waiting room for longer periods of time than they would at a private institution.

Public healthcare in San Jose is not free of charge and expats are advised to sign up for a medical aid or health insurance scheme. It's also important to note that in some cases, chronic or long-term care may be denied to those who can't afford it.

San Jose’s private hospitals and clinics offer a world-class standard of care. Some of these are nationally recognised for the level of healthcare they provide in a diverse range of fields from cancer and stroke care to joint replacement and paediatrics. The one thing that these institutions have in common, however, is the high costs attached to them. All but the wealthiest of expats are likely to find that health insurance is a necessity if they want to receive care from a private hospital in San Jose.

Below are some of San Jose’s most prominent hospitals:

Private hospitals in San Jose


El Camino Hospital

2500 Grant Rd, Mountain View


Good Samaritan Hospital

 2425 Samaritan Dr


Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center

700 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara


Stanford Hospital

300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford

Expat Health Insurance Partners

Aetna International

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Cigna Global

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