Health & insurance
Before You Go
Given the high cost of health care in the US, it's advisable to have health insurance that covers emergency room visits here and/or repatriation to your home country. Unlike many other developed countries, the United States does not have a socialized medicine system, and you will be expected to pay in full for any services that your insurance does not cover. Health insurance brokers such as www.visitorscoverage.com and www.insubuy.com specialize in health insurance for foreign visitors to the US and can be helpful if your home country insurance does not provide adequate coverage.
Generally speaking, no vaccinations are required for travel to New England or elsewhere in the United States. For an up-to-date list of disease outbreaks worldwide, see www.cdc.gov/outbreaks.
In New England
Availability & Cost of Health Care
Health care in the United States is widely available and of excellent quality, but extremely expensive by world standards. Prices are especially high for emergency room care, which costs on average about $2000 per visit if it's not covered by your health insurance. For non-life-threatening emergencies, 'urgent care' facilities offer a less expensive alternative to the emergency room. Check with your insurance provider before traveling to determine what expenses it will cover in the United States.
Tap water is safe to drink throughout New England.