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What to do when you visit the Dominican Republic
Many Dominican Republic residents can be eligible for treatment abroad under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This right is not available for everyone. Unless you have a valid visa, your Dominican Republic health insurance will automatically terminate if you have an existing condition. In most cases a Dominican Republic travelers health affidavit will indicate that you will still have access to healthcare within the Dominican Republic should you need it.
The most important requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is that all healthcare visits and hospital stays must be covered. This will usually cover emergency medical care. Prescription medication and other non-medical services, such as psychotherapy, may be covered. Ask your insurance company before you travel to the Dominican Republic if your medication and appointments are covered. Make sure you read all the fine print so you are aware of what is and is not covered. There are many differences between the different plans available from any of the major international health insurers.
Another requirement of HIPAA is that a healthcare practitioner must be reached twenty-four hours a days, seven days a semaine. This can only be a requirement if you consult with a health care practitioner on a private health care provider's private list. Private medical practitioners are not recognized by the Dominican Republic government. Therefore, all medication and medical treatment must be provided through the Dominican Republic approved HMO or PO system. You will be required to comply with this requirement. Your medical insurance will be terminated upon your arrival.
Once you have received all the documentation necessary to travel to the Dominican Republic, it is advisable to complete the necessary visa paperwork. The Dominican Republic government, embassies from your country, and US consulates are the main sources for visas. As long as your passport has been approved by the Passport Office, you can also get a visa at the nearest airport. The process for obtaining a visa is faster than applying for an individual visa. This is why the Dominican Republic is a popular choice when it comes to family travel.
Once you arrive in the Dominican Republic, it is necessary to get a hipaa (health insurance) before you can enter the country. A Dominican Republic Health Insurance Card (HOCC) will be issued to you. You will need your date of birth, social security number, and other information. Many of the Dominicans are quite comfortable with the idea of going abroad to receive medical treatment and there is no need for you to worry because you will be protected by the Dominican Republic health insurance (hipaa).