New York City has plenty of hospitals – some much better than others – but the sheer number ensures new arrivals will certainly be able to find top-notch healthcare in the cosmopolitan centre. In general, large teaching hospitals can be counted on to provide some of the best healthcare in New York City.
Due to the presence of so many facilities, some hospitals and clinics have become heavily specialised, with their areas of expertise ranging from paediatrics to joint disorders. Healthcare institutions are also quite competitive, which has created a standard that ensures patients benefit from modern facilities and the latest techniques.
Pharmacies are widely available in New York. They can easily be found in any mall, supermarket or main shopping street. Many pharmacies in New York are open 24/7.
Private health insurance is necessary for the best healthcare in New York City's hospitals, and although hospitals will never legally deny emergency services if patients do not have health insurance, hefty fees often accompany treatment. That said, they can refuse long-term healthcare to patients without comprehensive health insurance. Some new arrivals may be fortunate enough to have employer-provided health insurance. Otherwise, we'd recommend that new arrivals moving to New York City get an adequate health insurance policy, allowing them access to the proper treatment if and when needed.
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Hospitals in New York City
Lenox Hill Hospital
Address: 100 East 77th Street, New York
New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Address: 630 West 168th Street, New York
NYU Langone Health Tisch Hospital
Address: 550 First Avenue, New York
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Address: 1 Gustave L. Levy Place, New York
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"Healthcare in the US is so confusing. I will never understand why we don’t know how much we are going to pay for a service before actually using it and why we are so overcharged. And I know I’m not alone in this opinion..." Read more about Brazilian expat Laura's experience with healthcare in New York City in our expat interview.
"While I can’t speak personally to the quality of doctors and hospitals, coming from Australia to the US has been a shock to my wallet with regards to healthcare. Going from a public healthcare system to one based on insurance takes some adjustment and the costs are much higher. Be sure to read properly into what you might need before you move here because it’s going to come as a shock to most." Check out our interview with Australian expat Josh to find out more about moving to New York City.
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