Healthcare in New York City

Vaccines and Medecines in New York City

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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. In case of a true emergency, call 911 and an ambulance and paramedics will arrive as soon as possible to take care of the injured person and transport them to the nearest hospital. 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. Always have you insurance card with you to help with the paperwork.

New York City Hospitals :

NY University Hospital
560 1st Avenue 33rd street Tél. (212) 263 7300

New York Presbyterian Hospital
622 West 168th Street Tél. (212) 305 2500

Mount Sinai Hospital
100th Street and Madison Avenue Tél. (212) 241 7171

Saint Luke's Hospital
Amsterdam Avenue and 114th Street Tél. (212) 523 4000

Lenox Hill Hospital
100 East 77th Street Tél. (212) 439 2345

Saint Vincent's Hospital
153 West 11th Street( 7th Avenue) Tél. (212) 604 7000


Most pharmaceutical drugs are divided into two categories, over the counter and prescription. More drugs are offered as over the counter (like aspirin) than 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.

For a directory of pharmacies:

Update 16/08/2009


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