For the most part, treatment availability is the main factor when foreign patients decide where to travel in the US. If they are coming for the expertise of a specific doctor or a treatment offered by a top medical center, that will determine where they go. For example, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital is located in Memphis, Tennessee, while the Mayo Clinic has centers in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida and the top-ranked hospital for heart transplants is at UCLA in California.
Patients who are seeking quality care but don’t require a specific facility can probably chose any major US city and find both the care they desire and the type of environment that will best suit their recovery. The US offers beaches on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans as well as the Gulf of Mexico. There are mountains, rolling hills, great prairies, sprawling urban centers, historic cities, and even dry, desert climates. Almost any altitude, climate, and type of water can be found somewhere, as well as a wide variety of cultures and traditions that will infuse the experience of staying in a given city.
New England is known for it’s historical significance in the US and includes cities such as Boston, New Haven, and Providence all of which have thriving medical communities. The Atlantic coast line is here, as are forests, mountains, river valleys and a few urban centers.
The Mid-Atlantic is home to New York, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and other leading urban centers. Art, music, food, historical landmarks, and unique regional cultural centers abound.
The South offers coastline, mighty rivers, regional music such as jazz and the blues as well as a wide-range of cuisines, art, and natural wonders. Think of cities like Atlanta and New Orleans as well as cities like Miami and Tampa which provide a more tropical experience.
The Mid-West and Plains states encompass rivers, plains, farmland, valley, and, yes, even some mountains. Cities like Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Detroit have top-notch medical facilities. Each also has its own “flavor” of culture, music, food, and history.
The Southwest include deserts, mesas, and mountains and includes cities like Dallas, Houston, Denver, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. Dry air, warm temperatures, and sunny skies are perfect for recuperating from a number of surgeries. Mountain vistas are also available here, complete with cooler temperatures and winter recreation. All have the history and flavor of the American frontier.
The Western states vary greatly and include cities like Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The Pacific coastline is filled with sunny beaches in the south as well as island destinations. There are plenty of mountains and green valleys as well California wine country, national parks and forests, and a few urban centers.
Those seeking a truly unique American medical retreat should consider Hawaii for a tropical island paradise or Alaska for the wonders of the arctic, including very long days (summer) or nights (winter), both of which offer unparallelled natural beauty.