Healthcare remains a concern for many US residents, not only in Richmond, but across the country. Former president Barack Obama made establishing affordable healthcare for all one of the key objectives of his presidency and, although he did some admirable work, it remains a disjointed and contentious issue.
US medical facilities and treatment are world-class for those who have private and comprehensive medical insurance. For those without insurance, healthcare can be mediocre at its best and inaccessible at worst.
According to US law, everyone should have access to emergency services, but patients often pay hefty fees afterwards.
Therefore, we recommend that newcomers and expats in Richmond get comprehensive medical insurance. This allows access to excellent facilities, some of the best medical technology in the world, and highly trained doctors and specialists. Other advantages include short waiting times for operations and specialists.
Pharmacies are available in grocery stores, department stores, hospitals and clinics all over Richmond, with some staying open 24/7.
New arrivals can get almost all prescription medication at a pharmacy. Though, it can be quite costly, and new arrivals will need to keep all receipts to claim the costs from their health insurance provider.
Hospitals in Richmond
St Mary's Hospital | Bon Secours
Address: 5801 Bremo Road, Richmond
VCU Medical Center Main Hospital
Address: 1250 E. Marshall Street, Richmond
Henrico Doctors' Hospital
Address: 1602 Skipwith Rd, Richmond
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Expat Health Insurance
Cigna Global Health Insurance
With Cigna, you won't have to rely on foreign public health care systems, which may not meet your needs. Cigna allows you to speak to a doctor on demand, for consultations or instant advice, wherever you are in the world. They also offer full cancer care across all levels of cover, and settle the cost of treatments directly with the provider. Cigna is currently offering a 10% discount for seniors (over 60) on their Silver package.
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