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All International Students are required to have health insurance. You can opt into the schools health care but it is important you look at multiple plans to make sure you use the right one for you. Below is the link to our Health Services Office. Additional information can be found here.
The Healthcare System in the United States
The health care system in the United States is much different than in most other countries. Instead of Government paid care which is available in many countries, each person has to pay for his or her own medical care in the United States. Whether you need to see a doctor, obtain prescription medication, have lab procedures done or if you're admitted to the hospital for any serious illness or injury, you will be required to pay some portion of the cost.
In the United States, Health Insurance helps to cover the costs of such visits and prescription medications which typically can range from $150 for seeing a doctor to over $30,000 per day for those admitted to a hospital.
Without insurance, the person would be responsible for paying all those costs. With insurance, the person is required to pay some portion (called a co-pay) for these costs. It is critical to have health insurance which will helps those who need medical care better afford the U.S. health care system. Students are required to carry health insurance and they also must comply with the Massachusetts immunization requirements.
As an international student it is important to know the U.S. Government does not pay any part of any medical expenses for international students and it is a violation of immigration laws for F-1, F-2, J-1 and J-2 students and their dependents to accept public assistance. It is very important that you sign up for an insurance plan prior to enrolling at the College or becoming ill or injured.