As written previously, the American healthcare coverage is mainly provided by private healthcare insurances. According to the health insurance plan you have, you will be able to be admitted in some hospitals and not in others, you will be able to have visit in some doctors’ practices and not others. Therefore this is difficult to give a list of practitioners as your healthcare providers will depend on your health insurance plan and the healthcare provider network that is linked to it. The hospitals listed below are then only for your information. You have to check first if they are in your insurance network or not. Also check your insurance network for general practitioners and dentists.
Consulates in Chicago can advise you about doctors who speak the consulate’s language. But, it can be useless if the recommended doctor is not in your insurance network. Nevertheless, it is still possible to find a doctor who speaks your language. When searching for healthcare providers on your online network directory, you can add some criteria such as “Female/Male” and “spoken languages”. It will also help you to refine your research as there are a lot of healthcare providers in Chicago.
It is not recommended to go to hospitals for a consultation as the hospitals fees are extremely expensive. It is advised to go to hospitals and ER only for emergencies.
Children’s Memorial Hospital
2300 Children’s Plaza, (707 W. Fullerton Ave.), Chicago, IL 60614-3363.
The main entrance is located at East of Lincoln and Halsted on Fullerton Avenue.
Phone: (773) 880-4000
Children’s Memorial Hospital is one of the best pediatric hospitals in the US.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-3232
Ph.: (312) 926-2000
This hospital is ranked among America’s best hospitals in 11 clinical specialties according to U.S. News’ 2009 rankings. It is a leader in a number of clinical specialties including cardiothoracic and vascular care, women’s health, oncology, organ and bone marrow transplant, neurology and neurosurgery and orthopedics.
The University of Chicago Medical Center
5841 South Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.
Phone: (773) 702-1000
Optical exams are done in optical stores. They employ optometrists and opticians who can do all kind of optical exams. There is absolutely no need to go to the hospital or take an appointment with a specialist to do your eye check up, unless you have very specific eyes problems that require specific cares. In that case, your primary care physician will refer you to an eye specialist. Below are listed the main chains for optical care. But you can also go in local optical stores. They are plentiful in Chicago.
- For Eyes http://www.foreyes.com
- LensCrafters http://www.lenscrafters.com
- Spex Chicago http://www.spexchicago.com/