To see a doctor in an emergency, you can go to the emergency room at the hospital and they will assess how serious your injury or illness is and admit you as time allows. If your injury is serious, but does not require immediate attention, it may take a while to be admitted. If you have a doctor you see regularly you might be able to be seen on short notice.
Most pharmaceutical drugs are divided into two categories, over the counter and prescription. More drugs are offered as over the counter (like aspirin) then in Europe. One must simply pick them off the shelf and buy with no questions or consultation with either the pharmacist or a doctor. Only prescription drugs require a written note to be faxed from the doctor's office or be brought upon pick-up. A co-pay is usually required with your insurance.
With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Los Angeles is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in Usa. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
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Designed for either short or long stays, APRIL International’s insurance policies offer protection against any problems that might arise before departure or during your time in Usa: cancelling your trip, medical expenses following an illness or accident, needing to be repatriated, causing damage to a third party or losing your luggage.
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