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Washington, DC, offers a high standard of healthcare, but as with all American cities, it's important to have medical insurance. Long-term care can be denied to those without proper medical insurance, although all DC hospitals are required to administer emergency care. The cost of treatment is extremely high, and without insurance, the payment of these costs falls to the individual.
Many of DC's best hospitals are teaching hospitals connected to the city's top universities. Residents of the greater metro area can also find quality medical care in the neighbouring states of Maryland and Virginia. There are also plenty of pharmacies across the city, with many open 24/7.
Below is a list of some of the most reputable hospitals in Washington, DC, and its surrounding areas.
Hospitals in Washington, DC
George Washington University Hospital
Address: 900 23rd Street NW, Washington DC
Holy Cross Hospital
Address: 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, Maryland
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Address: 8110 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, Virginia
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Address: 1800 Orleans Street, Baltimore, Maryland
Mary Washington Hospital
Address: 1001 Sam Perry Boulevard, Fredericksburg, Virginia
What's healthcare like in Washington, DC?
"Healthcare is expensive; people will definitely need health insurance if they want to have peace of mind." Read more about Gustavo's experience as a Peruvian living in DC.
►For more information regarding the American healthcare system, see Healthcare in the USA.
► Read Education and Schools in Washington for essential tips on finding a school in the city.
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