Planning Your Visit
If you're traveling from another country to receive care at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, you may have questions about your visit. Your comfort is the International Health Services team's top priority. You and your family will receive personalized assistance from dedicated clinical coordinators and counselors, along with a variety of services to make sure your travel and stay are as easy as possible:
- Help scheduling your appointments, medical procedure(s) and follow-up care
- Interpreter services in 45 major languages—available 24 hours a day while you're in the hospital
- Communication with your doctors back home
- Help arranging an air ambulance, if medically required
Finding a Place to Stay
If you're not familiar with Los Angeles, we'll be glad to help you and your family find a comfortable place to stay. The International Health Services team can provide a list of options based on your pricing preferences and the length of your visit:
- Hotels nearby offer special rates for Cedars-Sinai patients.
- Short-term and long-term housing is available near the hospital.
Getting the Treatment You Need
Your treatment team—which may consist of clinical professionals and other specialists—will communicate with each other about your progress, and keep you and your family informed at every step.
You'll be provided with any prescriptions you may need, and the team will make sure you and your family understand the medicines you're taking. To ensure that your doctors back home stay informed about your treatment and progress, your Cedars-Sinai doctors can communicate with them through computerized links provided by the department.
The International Health Services team's clinical coordinators can help schedule your doctor appointments and any medical procedures that may be required as part of your treatment. Learn more about the dedicated professionals who will support you throughout your visit.
Financial, Administrative and Insurance Assistance
You and your family may need to exchange your currency for U.S. dollars. The International Health Services team can direct you to any banking services you may need.
The team can also work closely with your health insurance carrier to make sure all authorizations and papers are filed properly. To ease paying for your care, Cedars-Sinai has contracts with several international insurance plans. If you'd like to discuss your insurance carrier and product plan, contact us by phone or email using the information at the bottom of this page.
If you're uninsured or don't receive authorization for care, our International Financial team may provide you with a global cash agreement. It's important that you understand your financial obligation—we encourage you to contact our financial office representative using the phone number or email at the bottom of this page. If you have any legal and financial concerns, we're here to help.
If you're looking to be sponsored by your home country's embassy, you should contact them directly. Cedars-Sinai is contracted with most embassies in Washington, D.C., and consulates in Los Angeles.
Follow-Up Care & Services
When you leave the hospital, you'll receive detailed discharge instructions for your follow-up care. It may include directions about medications, food, caring for an incision, exercise instructions and anything else important to your recovery. Your doctors and support team will make sure that you and your family have a full understanding of what your needs will be when you get home. The team will also provide all of your medical records to share with your in-country doctor.