Healthcare in Boston



Boston's healthcare landscape is adequate to address each native Bostonian's or expatriate’s needs. There is room for improvement, and there are more technologies to incorporate into the system. As it is, everybody has been receiving a fair share of care for their health in as far as the city's public health programs are concerned.

Generally speaking, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed a bill in 2006 which aimed at providing health insurance to almost all of its residents. There was a mandate for all employers that have at least ten ‘full-time employees’ to provide health coverage and free insurance for all residents that are earning 150% less of the FDL or Federal Poverty Level. Relocating to Boston is a great decision for expats who seek fruitful careers and reliable healthcare services. In fact, Massachusetts’ largest city is the infamous home of several leading universities that are globally acclaimed in the field of medical research. When it comes to public health, Boston is any expatriate’s comfort zone. The city is known for the focus it puts on its people's health.

*Visiting a Doctor contents integrated in this article.

Boston’s Public Healthcare

Massachusetts public health insurance is called MassHealth (Medicaid) which is dedicated to helping low to medium income residents. Eligibility to MassHealth is based on family income and the immigration status of expats. The city's public health history dates back to the creation of the Boston Public Health Commission, the nation's first-ever health department which has made a name for itself through accessible, high quality, and community-based healthcare services regardless of the patient's capacity to pay. The system is noted to protect, preserve and promote the health and comfort of the people, particularly those who are most fragile.

The commission works synergistically with area hospitals, community health centres, and community-based organizations to promote access to health services for the culturally and economically diverse communities of the city. Here, a fairly unique and closely watched approach to healthcare came with the implementation of the Healthcare Reform Act in 2006 which obliged all Boston residents and expatriates to have insurance coverage or face tax penalties.

Private Healthcare for Expats

Many private insurance companies in the city fit the requirements of expatriates, tourists, and other foreign nationals, with some providing comprehensive coverage for local and international health insurance for individuals and families. One has the freedom to choose any physician, clinic and hospital. Companies provide a range of coverage from maternal to chronic conditions and even dental cases. The patient simply has to present at least two identification cards, a birth certificate and a health background to give the medical team directions on which actions to take. 

Doctors and Hospitals

The city of Boston is not experiencing any lack of medical practitioners but is, in fact, fully empowered by a highly competent staff of surgeons, nurses, dentists and others. Those eligible for MassHealth can find doctors in Boston nearest to their area by calling its customer service at 1-800-841-2900 (TTY: 1-800-497-4648) or by speaking with a MassHealth benefits advisor at the community health centres.

The city is also home to one of the largest paediatric centres in the United States, the Children's Hospital of Boston. This facility offers a complete range of healthcare services for children, toddlers and infants through twenty-one years of age and even older. This hospital is also known to provide the highest quality of paediatric healthcare and is a major paediatric referral centre where the welfare of children and their families are deemed important in the progress of local communities. Other prominent hospitals in Boston include:

55 Fruit Street, Boston

Tel: +1 617-726-2000

330 Brookline Ave, Boston

Tel: +1 617-667-7000

450 Brookline Ave, Boston

Tel: +1 617-632-3000

350 Longwood Ave # 1, Boston

Tel: +1 617-732-8989

Medicines and Pharmacies

Americans, in general, take a large quantity of pills than the people in other expat destinations. Take note that the US and Massachusetts law on prescriptions is quite strict and only physicians, dentists, optometrists, nurse practitioners, midwives and nurse anaesthetists are allowed to write prescriptions. Antibiotics can not be purchased over the counter, but some painkillers such as headache pills can be purchased in Boston without prescriptions. A majority of pharmacies in Boston operate from 9 am to 9 pm from Mondays to Sundays. Some of them are:

59 Charles St, Boston

Tel: +1 617-227-0023

841 Boylston St, Boston

Tel: +1 617-236-1692

841 Boylston St, Boston

Tel: +1 617-236-1692

1340 Boylston St, Boston

Tel: +1 617-927-6330


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