– Health insurance is often mandatory. Most universities prohibit enrolment until you can provide evidence of your enrolment onto a health insurance plan, regardless of the requirements stipulated in your visa.
– There is no free national healthcare service. Unlike other leading student destinations such as the UK and France, access to low-cost public healthcare is extremely limited.
– Medical care is expensive. A trip to the emergency room (ambulance included) while in the U.S. can cost thousands of dollars.
– University healthcare is often more affordable (and sometimes mandatory for international students). For ease of mind, it might make most sense to sign up for healthcare insurance at your chosen university once you are admitted and secured your visa.
– Travel insurance is NOT an accepted form of healthcare insurance when in the U.S.