Health & insurance
For nonemergency appointments at hospitals, you'll need proof of insurance, or credit card or cash. Even with insurance, you'll most likely have to pay up front for nonemergency care and then wrangle afterward with your insurance company to get reimbursed. There are excellent medical facilities in Portland, plus alternative medical practices and herbal apothecaries.
The Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center is convenient to downtown.
Before You Go
Before traveling, contact your health-insurance provider to learn what medical care they will cover outside your hometown (or home country). Overseas visitors should acquire travel insurance that covers medical situations in the US, as nonemergency care for uninsured patients in the US is very expensive. Ensure coverage includes hospital stays and an emergency flight home if necessary.
No specific vaccinations are required for travel to the US, though it is always a good idea to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up to date.
Tap water in Portland is not only safe – it's delicious. Unlike most places in the US, the water here is unfiltered and unfluoridated. It's supplied by the pristine Bull Run Watershed, which collects rain, fog drip and snowmelt in Mt Hood National Forest.