You must plan for the unexpected when you plan to come to U.S. Medical
coverage is a must because no matter how much preparation you do you can never guarantee
that you won't get sick. Arranging for and paying for medical care is your
responsibility in the U.S. There is no national health care system.
Medical care in the U.S. is very good but can often be very expensive. The
best way to pay for it is by having health insurance to
cover you from unexpected costs.
Many colleges and universities have
their own health insurance plans that are usually mandatory for their students.
But if the school you choose does not provide a health insurance plan you must
try to find an insurance company on your own. Your international student office
will often be able to help with this and provide you with brochures from several insurance companies that
offer health insurance to international students.
Your international student office will also be able to provide you with
information on where to get health care, what to do if you are sick, and other
health related concerns.