Foreigners and citizens from across the USA travel to Houston for medical treatment, and the city is home to some of the foremost medical professionals in America.
Healthcare in Houston is usually associated with the Texas Medical Center (TMC). This world-renowned facility is the largest of its kind and is made up of dozens of institutions that include hospitals, medical schools, nursing colleges and research facilities. Those moving to Houston will have access to the TMC’s high-ranking medical services. They'll also have the benefit of living in a city where the standard of healthcare is high in general.
Urgent-care centres, walk-in clinics, assisted living facilities for the elderly, comprehensive women's care hospitals, and even a healthcare programme that caters to the homeless are all part of Houston’s push to provide residents with the best healthcare possible.
Health insurance is a must-have in Houston. There's no universal coverage in the US and, as a result, those without insurance who need treatment often have to pay exorbitant fees out of their own pockets. Furthermore, with no system of compulsory coverage, the onus falls on individuals to negotiate with their employers for health insurance or to organise it independently.
Most employers in Houston do provide healthcare in association with employment packages. It's also commonplace for dependants and spouses to be covered by these packages. Most employer-sponsored coverage is limited to a certain type of plan, so newcomers with complicated medical issues may still need to organise health insurance independently.
See the page on Healthcare in the USA for a more detailed overview of the national healthcare system.
Hospitals in Houston
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Address: 18220 State Highway 249
Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital
Address: 6700 Beechnut Street
St Joseph Medical Center
Address: 1401 St Joseph Parkway
Texas Children's Hospital
Address: 6621 Fannin St
The Woman's Hospital of Texas
Address: 7600 Fannin Street
West Houston Medical Center
Address: 12141 Richmond Avenue