The quality & cost of the American healthcare system is one of the highest in the world. Unfortunately, unlike many other developed nations, it does not provide free healthcare. Therefore as an international student studying in the US, it is usually mandatory for you to ensure that you are covered by a health insurance plan.
For an international student, it is very important to know about the facilities available to them, what procedures to follow, and where to go, for specific care. Since the students are new to the place, prior knowledge of basic facilities can save time, energy and money.
Almost all campuses in the US offer some general medical facilities. The facilities vary from university to university. Some campuses offer first-aid facilities, while others have resident doctors. Usually, the cost of on-campus medical services is not that high. Make sure to take a copy of your medical certificate, all records of immunization, vaccination and prescriptions.
Many colleges and universities have their own health insurance plans for the students which are generally more affordable than the insurance cover provided by private insurers . Generally, bigger schools & universities have better student insurance programs than smaller schools. Most schools make it mandatory for non-US students to take these policies. For example, the University of Arizona requires all international students on non-immigration visa to sign up for its “Student Health Insurance Plan”.
If health insurance is not provided at a university, then the International Student Office of that university can help you find an insurance plan that fits your needs. There are also offers specifically designed for international students. The best way to take an insurance plan from a private company is after talking to the seniors and on-campus International Student Office.
Healthcare Facilities Outside the Campus
In case you wish to go off campus for a treatment, you can:
Make sure to communicate the details of your ailment, properly. In case you feel you will not be able to communicate properly with the doctor, ask a friend to accompany you.