U.S. Citizen Medical Emergencies
General Information on Medical Assistance
The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or reputation of the persons or medical facilities whose names appear in the following lists. It is not meant to be complete lists of practitioners in the Dominican Republic and the absence of one specific name from the lists is in no way a reflection on his or her competence. Lists are provided as a convenience to U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic and in no way constitute an official recommendation by the U.S. Government or its representatives. Most practitioners in this list speak or at least have some knowledge of English.
The U.S. Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy can provide a variety of services to U.S. citizens faced with medical emergencies while in the Dominican Republic. The ACS Unit maintains a List of Doctors and Hospitals in the Dominican Republic, (PDF - 199 KB), that might be of assistance to you. It is important to emphasize that solely the beneficiary of such services, and not the U.S. Government, is responsible for paying his/her own medical bills.
Medical Insurance: The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and if it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. U.S. medical insurance plans seldom cover health costs incurred outside the United States unless supplemental coverage is purchased. Further, U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide payment for medical services outside the United States. However, many travel agents and private companies offer insurance plans that will cover health care expenses incurred overseas, including emergency services such as medical evacuations.
When making a decision regarding health insurance, U.S. citizens should consider that many foreign doctors and hospitals require payment in cash prior to providing service and that a medical evacuation to the United States may cost well in excess of $50,000. Uninsured travelers who require medical care overseas often face extreme difficulties. When consulting with your insurer prior to your trip, please ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider or if you will be reimbursed later for expenses that you incur. Some insurance policies also include coverage for psychiatric treatment and for disposition of remains in the event of death.
Useful information on medical emergencies abroad, including overseas insurance programs, is provided in the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs brochure, Medical Information for U.S. Citizens Traveling Abroad, available via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page or autofax: (202) 647-3000.
Other Health Information: During the year 2002, there were eight deaths in the Dominican Republic attributed to Dengue Fever, a mosquito-borne disease that regularly circulates in the Caribbean and tropical Americas during the rainy season
Further information on dengue fever, as well as information on vaccinations and other health precautions, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747); fax 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299), or via the CDC's Internet site at http://www.cdc.gov. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, please consult the World Health Organization's website at http://www.who.int/en. Further health information for travelers is available at http://www.who.int/ith.
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