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Re: Medical Insurance
Is it compulsory to have medical insurance to arrive in the USA?
we got our 5 year multi entry Visa for the states no questions about
medical insurance but I have just been asked for a copy of our medical insurance for our arrival in Raivavae where else is compulsory medical insurance required
16% of Americans don't have health insurance. So, no, you don't have to. Just remember it IS ABSOLUTELY NOT AFFORDABLE to get any kind of care (with rare exceptions like the clinic I work at) without insurance.
Want to see a doctor for 7 minutes for something simple like a bladder infection? $250. Antibiotic prescription, $50.
Go to the ER for a sprained wrist, get an X-ray and go home: $2000.
Have a heart attack and get it treated: $65,000.
On the other hand, we have laws that require the Emergency Rooms treat you and bill you later. If you're not from around here, they probably can't easily bill you, so you might be able to get away with it.
I have a sauna on my boat, therefore I win.
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