Medical treatment in the USA

When you travel to the United States for medical treatment, you need to be able to trust not only your doctor but also the entry process. We explain the easiest way to travel to the US for medical treatment and what you need to know.


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Doctors in the USA: high-tech and at eye level

In contrast to European systems, the US healthcare system is more market-oriented. Although Americans break all records when it comes to costs, nowhere else are doctors' offices and hospitals so high-tech.

Compared to some European healthcare markets, the American system also offers the advantage of greater liability for doctors in the event of misdiagnosis and treatment errors. Patients in the United States are informed by their physicians about every step of the treatment and its possible consequences and aftercare measures, and are never looked down upon or left in the dark.

Finding a doctor in the USA

To find an excellent doctor in the USA, you can rely on review platforms such as or These sites offer comprehensive reviews, patient feedback, and detailed information about doctors' training and certifications.

Another method is to look for recognized awards. Search for doctors who have received awards from reputable organizations, such as the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). These awards are a strong indication of a doctor's expertise and commitment to patient care. They signal that the physician not only meets the required medical standards, but is also recognized as a leader in their field.

In addition, medical specialty societies, such as the American Medical Association or the American College of Surgeons, are valuable resources when searching for specialists. Many societies maintain their own directories of specialists who are leaders in their fields.

Tips for medical treatment in the USA

If you have travel or health insurance that covers international treatment, make sure it is accepted in the USA. Clarify the following points before you start your trip to the USA:

  • Research hospitals and clinics that specialize in the treatment you want. Pay attention to location, reputation, and whether they accept your insurance or method of payment.
  • Many hospitals and clinics require prepayment or proof of insurance prior to treatment. Contact your doctors or clinic administrators for clarification.
  • Obtain a doctor's letter detailing your medical condition and prescribed medications and carry it with you when entering the USA.
  • Some medications that are available in your home country may be restricted or prohibited in the USA. Check the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website for specific guidelines, and always follow the US import regulations.
  • Medical billing in the US healthcare system is complex. Make sure you understand the costs involved.

With the right preparation and an approved ESTA, you can fly to the US stress-free and focus on getting the medical care you need.

ESTA for medical treatment

Instead of a US visa from the embassies or consulates, you can also use an ESTA travel authorization for medical treatment. ESTA is an automated system under the Visa Waiver Program, which has several advantages over a traditional visa:

  • ESTA is cheaper than a visa
  • ESTA approval takes a maximum of 72 hours
  • The ESTA application process is online
  • You only need a valid passport

In addition to medical treatment in the USA, you can also use the electronic travel authorization for tourist activities or business trips and stay in the USA for up to 90 days at a time. Submit your ESTA application early — preferably at the beginning of your travel planning.

Entering the USA for medical treatment: documents

To enter the United States for medical treatment, in addition to your valid travel authorization, you should carry all documents that support the purpose of your entry. Use the following list as a guide when assembling your travel documents:

  • Printout of your ESTA authorization
  • Passport with corresponding validity
  • Invitation to a medical appointment from the doctor or clinic you are visiting in the USA
  • Return or onward travel tickets
  • Proof of ties to your home country (e.g., rental and employment contracts) and financial stability (e.g., bank statements)

Proof of your return or onward journey and ties to your home country will help the US authorities to rule out any intention to immigrate illegally.

Submitting an ESTA application for medical treatment

It is important that all information on your ESTA application for medical treatment in the United States is accurate and complete, as incorrect information may result in denial of your application or problems entering the country.

Advantages of ESTA:

  • Visa-free travel to the USA
  • Stay in the USA for up to 90 days
  • Valid for 2 years
  • Quickly apply online

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Please have the following data and documents ready for your application:

  • A valid, biometric passport
  • The address of your employer, if applicable
  • The address and contact details of your first accommodation in the USA
  • Payment information (credit card, PayPal, etc.)

You will also need to provide some personal information, such as your parents' names.

Step 1: Create an ESTA account

First, set up an ESTA account with a valid e-mail address and a secure password.

Step 2: Fill out the application form

After creating the account, enter the number of applicants and fill in all the data requested on the form for each traveler.

Step 3: Upload passport

Make sure you upload a clear image of the data page of your passport, including the machine-readable zone. This will automatically fill in the relevant application fields.

Step 4: Answer the security questions

Answer the ESTA security questions about health, criminal history, travel history, and more completely and honestly.

Step 5: Check your data

Before submitting your ESTA application, check once again if all the data you have entered is correct.

Step 6: Select your service package and pay online

Select one of our service packages and choose a payment method. Once submitted, we will review your application and forward it to the US authorities. You will receive an email notification about the status of your application.

Please note

Processing can take up to 72 hours. However, we will endeavor to process your application as soon as we receive it.

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