Visiting the Doctor in Boston

 

 

The State of Massachusetts has been lauded for it health care reforms. It is also the only state in the US that provides health care to all of its residents.

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. Most working expats usually get international health insurance in Boston from employers. See the official website of Massachusetts for more information.

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 centers.

Medical facilities in the city hospitals are excellent. Most of the hospitals in Boston are located in the Longwood Medical Area. Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital are two of the best hospitals in Boston. The city is also the home to one of the largest pediatric centers in the US, the Children's Hospital of Boston.

Although the healthcare initiative in Massachusetts has been lauded, it also has been heavily criticized due to its waiting time. According to a 2009 survey, the average waiting period to see a family doctor is 63 days. Having a reliable private insurance in Boston is highly recommended to avoid the queue.