Healthcare in Houston

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Healthcare in HoustonThe system of healthcare in Houston is usually associated with the Texas Medical Center (TMC). This world-renowned facility is the largest of its kind, made up of 59 institutions that include hospitals, medical schools, nursing colleges and research facilities.

Foreigners and citizens from across the USA travel to Houston to receive treatment, which in turn entices some of the foremost medical professionals in America.

Among these formidable institutions is the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, one of the country’s top cancer hospitals. The Texas Children’s Hospital is the largest paediatric hospital in the USA. And the Texas Heart Institute at St Luke’s Episcopal Hospital is a top-performing heart surgery facility.

Expats moving to Houston will have access to the TMC’s high-ranking medical services but they'll also have the benefit of living in a city where the standard of healthcare is high in general.

Urgent care centres, walk-in clinics, assisted living facilities for the elderly, comprehensive women's care hospitals, and even a healthcare programme that caters to homeless people are all part of Houston’s push to provide residents with the best healthcare possible.

Pharmacies in Houston

Pharmacies are widely available in Houston, and are usually found within drug stores like CVS, Walgreens and Randalls. Many medicines can be obtained over the counter, but prescription medication can only be obtained with a physician's approval. Most pharmacies stay open as late as 1am.

Health insurance in Houston

Health insurance is a must-have in Houston. There is no universal coverage in America and, as a result, those without insurance who need treatment often have to pay exorbitant fees out of their own pockets. Furthermore, with no system of compulsory coverage, the onus falls on individuals to negotiate with their employers for health insurance or to organise it independently.

Most employers in Houston do provide healthcare in association with employment packages, and it's commonplace for dependants and spouses to be covered by these packages as well. But most employer-sponsored coverage is limited to a certain type of plan, so expats with complicated medical issues may still need to organise health insurance independently.

Plans through independent carriers tend to be more expensive, but they also allow freedom to shop around for the specific type of coverage that's needed. Expats purchasing health insurance through one of these private carriers should ensure they hold a valid Texas insurance licence before signing up.

Hospitals in Houston

Houston is a big city and expats should find out about the most suitable hospital close to their home. Below is a list of some of the most prominent hospitals in Houston:

Baylor St Luke's Medical Center
Address: 6720 Bertner Avenue

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital
Address: 7600 Beechnut Street

St Joseph Medical Centre
Address: 1401 St Joseph Parkway 

Texas Medical Center
Address: 6550 Bertner Avenue

The Woman's Hospital of Texas
Address: 7600 Fannin Street

West Houston Medical Center
Address: 12141 Richmond Avenue

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