New York City is well served by some of the best hospitals and doctors in the world. Institutions like the New York–Presbyterian Hospital and the Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center are world renowned institutions which treat international patients who are not based in the USA.

However, health care in New York City is provided at a cost and can be largely accessed only by those residents of the city who have medical coverage. Keep in mind, though, that all hospitals, whether private or municipal, are obliged to provide emergency room services and cannot turn a patient away on the basis of his/her ability to pay. The emergency rooms of these hospitals are often packed to capacity and have long wait times. Moreover, the services that are offered here cost significantly more than normal and have to be paid for either by your insurance company or your own means.

Medical care, assisted living for seniors, facilities for conditions like autism and epilepsy are among the best in the world. All of these services have a cost, though the New York City government does provide health care services to about 1.3 million New Yorkers through its New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal hospital and health care system in the country.

This system is composed of 11 hospitals, nursing facilities, diagnostic and treatment centers, 80 community based clinics and home health care. This service is provided to all New Yorkers regardless of their immigration status. In order to acquire this health care, however, you have to belong to a certain low income strata. The details of the coverage offered and the eligibility to get this coverage is available at (

New York City also has ‘a private-doctor-on-call service’ called DR911. This service was set up in 2007 by Dr. Robert Glatter. The service can be accessed by calling +1 646 761 6685 or on the web at ( though since it is a private service, the charges are high. This a private-doctor-on-call service that provides house calls to private residences and to hotel rooms for tourists.