Passports for medical treatment in the USA

Well-known clinics are located in the USA: Mayo Clinic, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and others. Hospitals have advanced equipment, and patients are offered good service and a high level of safety.

Patients turn to US clinics with various diseases. They treat oncology and cardiovascular diseases and perform organ transplant operations. Pregnancy follow-ups and childbirth are also in demand in the United States.

Learn more about statuses that can make medical treatment in the USA more accessible for investors.

Summary of conditions for medical treatment in the USA for foreigners with a second citizenship

  1. Caribbean, Turkey and Vanuatu citizens can get B‑1/B‑2 visas to the USA, valid for 10 or 5 years. The visa makes it possible to spend up to 180 days a year in the country and be treated in local clinics. Getting a visa in advance is better, so you don’t spend weeks on paperwork in an emergency.

  2. Maltese citizens get ESTAs, entry permits through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, instead of visas. An ESTA is valid for up to two years and allows the holder to spend up to 90 days in the USA per trip. You can get a 10-year B‑1/B‑2 visa if an entry permit is denied.

  3. Grenada and Turkey’s citizens can obtain non-immigrant E‑2 visas valid for 5 years. The visa requires a significant investment in a US business; usually, applicants invest at least $100,000. You can live and use medical services in the United States within the visa validity time.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Is medical treatment free in the USA?

    Generally speaking, no, it’s not. However, private insurance and federal or state programs can cover some medical procedures and services. Besides, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) obliges hospitals with a special nonprofit status to provide free or discounted treatment to people in need.

  • Can I get medical treatment in the USA?

    Yes, you can. But you need a valid travel document to enter the USA for treatment. It may be a B‑1/B‑2 visa, an E‑2 visa, or an electronic travel authorisation if your country of citizenship has a visa waiver agreement with the USA.

  • How does the medical system work in the USA?

    There is no universal healthcare system in the USA. People usually buy private insurance and pay monthly fees so that their insurance would cover medical treatment when they need it.

    Beware that insurance providers often have agreements with specific doctors and hospitals and cover only their services. Besides, insurance may include only “necessary” services.

    Everything that isn’t covered by insurance must be paid for in the USA, according to the prices of the selected clinic.

  • How expensive is medical treatment in the USA?

    Costs vary depending on the clinic and a patient’s insurance plan. In 2022, the estimated prices for routine services and procedures, considering if a person doesn’t have insurance, were the following:

    • $40 to $3,000 for a blood test;

    • $80 to $500 for urgent care;

    • $100 to $250 for an initial consultation with a doctor;

    • $150 to $20,000 for an ER visit;

    • $200 to $3,000 for an X-ray scan;

    • $400 to $1,200 for an ambulance call-out;

    • $500 to $7,850 for an MRI scan.

    Estimated prices for surgeries and specialised treatment are the following:

    • $1,800 to $82,000 for an appendectomy;

    • $2,700 to $40,000 for labour and delivery services;

    • $16,000 to $53,000 for a hip fracture;

    • $21,500 to $254,000 for a coronary artery bypass;

    • $31,000 to $200,000 for pancreatic cancer treatment.

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