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The healthcare sector is one of the biggest employers in Seattle, and the city has a high concentration of doctors. Seattle is home to some of the leading medical research facilities in the US, including the Seattle Children's Hospital and the Swedish Medical Center. However, the standard of healthcare provision does vary throughout the city.
The Seattle city government is taking steps to address these disparities, but new arrivals should ensure they are covered by a comprehensive health insurance plan so that they have access to the best healthcare in Seattle.
Most medical insurance plans will require newcomers to pay for their medical expenses upfront and will then reimburse them after submitting claims. Private healthcare in America also gives patients access to the best facilities, healthcare practitioners and shorter waiting times, but newcomers should be aware that healthcare costs in the country can be eye-wateringly expensive.
Pharmacies are readily available throughout Seattle, and many operate 24 hours a day.
See Healthcare in the USA for more on the country's healthcare system.
Hospitals in Seattle
Northwest Hospital and Medical Center
Address: 1550 N 115th Street
Seattle Children's Hospital
Address: 4800 Sand Point Way NE
Swedish Medical Center – Cherry Hill
Address: 500 17th Avenue
University of Washington Medical Center
Address: 1959 NE Pacific Street
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