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Healthcare in Houston is usually associated with the Texas Medical Center (TMC). This world-renowned facility is the largest of its kind and is made up of dozens of 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.
Those moving to Houston will have access to the TMC’s high-ranking medical services. 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.
Health insurance is a must-have in Houston. There's 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. It's also commonplace for dependants and spouses to be covered by these packages. 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.
Hospitals in Houston
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Address: 18220 State Highway 249
Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital
Address: 6700 Beechnut Street
St Joseph Medical Center
Address: 1401 St Joseph Parkway
The Woman's Hospital of Texas
Address: 7600 Fannin Street
West Houston Medical Center
Address: 12141 Richmond Avenue
►See Healthcare in the USA for an overview of the national system
"Houston is one of the biggest medical hubs around. If you’re sick – it’s the place you want to be." Read more about Las's expat experiences in Houston.
"One thing you will need to be mindful of when selecting doctors and hospitals is ensuring they are in-network, in other words, covered by your insurance provider." Read more of Vicky's thoughts on living in Houston.
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