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Thanks to Boston's many prestigious universities, the city is a centre of medical research and is home to some of the best hospitals in the country. These mostly huddle together in the Longwood Medical Area, adjacent to the Fenway district. Some hospitals in Boston are excellent teaching hospitals affiliated directly with specific academic institutions.
Healthcare in Boston is overseen by the Boston Public Health Commission, the oldest health department in the US. The organisation is an independent public agency that provides a wide range of healthcare programmes and services.
Pharmacies are widely available in Boston, from large chain stores to smaller local outlets, some of which are open 24/7. Foreigners moving to Boston should ensure that they have a comprehensive health insurance plan to access the top medical facilities in the city.
Read Healthcare in the USA for more on the national healthcare system.
Below is a list of some of Boston's most respected hospitals.
Hospitals in Boston
Boston Children's Hospital
Address: 300 Longwood Ave, Boston
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Address: 75 Francis Street, Boston
Massachusetts General Hospital
Address: 55 Fruit Street, Boston
New England Boston Hospital
Address: 125 Parker Hill Avenue, Boston
Tufts Medical Center
Address: 800 Washington Street, Boston
►For information about the national healthcare system see Healthcare in the US.
"Boston is well-known for hosting many prestigious hospitals and medical research facilities, which is something we really appreciate. The administrative side of healthcare can be extremely difficult though, especially when you’re an expat." Read more about Swiss expat Sandra's experiences in Boston.
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