FACTS ON ARGENTINA
The Department of State strongly urges Americans 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, Americans 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 Americans Traveling Abroad, available via
the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page or autofax: (202) 647-3000.
MEDICAL FACILITIES: Medical care in Buenos Aires is generally good, but it
varies in quality outside the capital. Serious medical problems requiring
hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands
of dollars or more. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment
for health services.
OTHER HEALTH INFORMATION: Information on vaccinations and other health precautions,
such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, 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