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About Discover Florida Health

A NEW INITIATIVE THAT WILL
HAVE LASTING RESULTS.

In 2014, the Florida Legislature allocated funding for medical tourism. Discover Florida Health was created to communicate the benefits of Florida as a medical destination to potential patients, referring physicians and those planning medical-based meetings and events.

Discover Florida Health is positioned to carry this message to domestic and international audiences with the goal of making Florida a leader in the medical tourism industry.

About Florida

A Tropical Paradise For Patients, Physicians and Meeting Planners.

From Key West to Pensacola, Florida offers breathtaking natural beauty. And tucked amongst vibrant flora, at the end of palm-lined streets and just a short drive from stunning beaches, you’ll find some of the world’s finest, most diverse medical specialists.

These renowned professionals will cater to each patient’s care, while countless attractions, activities, sights and entertainment options assure that every moment spent before and after your treatment is nourishing and rejuvenating.

Your specific needs will determine which part of Florida makes the most sense for your care, but once you’ve chosen a physician and facility, we are confident that you will love what Florida has to offer.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

This list contains answers to many of the most common questions about Florida as a medical tourism destination. If you have any additional questions, please contact us. Your goal is to get well, and our job is to help make that process as easy as possible.

Do I need a VISA to travel to the United States?

Temporary visitors to the United States must obey U.S. visa immigration law and standard procedures to apply for a visa. Planning travel in advance and applying for a visa early are important. If you plan to apply for a nonimmigrant visa to come to the United States as a temporary visitor, please visit here for important information

What do I need to pack for my medical procedure?
  • Photo identification (driver’s license or passport)
  • Medical history documents
  • Contact information for your hospital representative
  • Any prescription medication
  • Confirmation of communication between you and the hospital or facilitator
How do I get around once I am in Florida?

Once on the ground, there are transportation options available to travel to and from your hotel. The most efficient way to travel within Florida is by rental car.

Where should I stay after my procedure?

The type of medical procedure or treatment you are receiving will affect your choice of where to stay. Below are a few recommendations to consider when booking a hotel.

  • Book a hotel in close proximity to the hospital
  • For visitors with limited mobility, request a handicap accessible room
  • Contact the front desk of the hotel to ensure they are aware that you recently underwent a medical procedure
How much should I budget for my trip?

The amount of money needed for your stay in Florida will depend on factors such as length of stay, accommodations, and day-to-day preferences. To estimate your spending, separate your trip costs into the following categories and add up for approximate total:

  • Procedure or treatment
  • Travel
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation around Florida
  • Food/Dining
  • Activities/Entertainment
  • Shopping
What kind of unexpected costs should I anticipate?
  • Depending on the airline, you could be charged for additional baggage.
  • Rental car companies typically charge an extra fee for insurance coverage or for requests such as a child seat or navigation system.
  • In some situations, your doctor will recommend a longer hospital stay than was originally planned for. In this case, be prepared to pay additional charges, especially if you do not have insurance coverage.
Climate

Florida's temperatures average from the mid-50s to mid-80s Fahrenheit (about 12-30 Celsius). Temperatures in the northern part of the state occasionally drop to freezing in winter, while South Florida's subtropical areas rarely see frosts or freezes. Summers are very warm and humid, though frequent, brief rain showers provide a refreshing break. The "rainy season" lasts from May through October. In rare instance of a hurricane, communities have emergency plans to assist residents and visitors. Late fall, winter and spring are usually sunny, dry and temperate.

Time zone

Most of Florida is on Eastern Standard Time; the exception being part of Northwest Florida, from just east of Panama City Beach to Pensacola. This part of Florida is in the Central Standard Time zone (one hour earlier). Daylight savings time is in effect from the first Sunday in April through the last Sunday in October. During this period, clocks are set one hour later to maximize daylight hours.

Currency

The dollar is the basic unit of American currency. It is divided into 100 cents. The most common bills are $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Commonly used coins are the penny (1 cent), nickel (5 cents), dime (10 cents) and quarter (25 cents). Foreign currency is not accepted.

You can exchange currency at most major airports, banks, at private exchange offices such as American Express or Thomas Cook, and at some hotels. Foreign currency exchange offices at international airports are usually open until the last international flight comes in, Monday through Saturday. Most banks are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and some are open on Saturday mornings.

Traveler’s checks remain the safest way to travel with large amounts of money and they are accepted at most locations. Credit cards are widely accepted by hotels, shops, restaurants and car hire companies. Be aware that sales tax (usually 6 to 7 percent) will be added to most prices at shops, restaurants and attractions.

Electricity

The U.S. uses 110-120 volts, 60 cycles is standard. If your small appliances use 220-240 volts, you will need to bring a voltage converter and a plug adapter with two flat parallel pins.

Holidays

Banks, government offices and post offices are closed on the national Holidays listed below. In addition, some attractions and many stores, restaurants and museums may be closed or have limited hours (call ahead to check).

  • January 1 (New Year's Day)
  • The third Monday in January (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • The third Monday in February (Presidents' Day)
  • The last Monday in May (Memorial Day)
  • July 4 (Independence Day)
  • The first Monday in September (Labor Day)
  • The second Monday in October (Columbus Day)
  • November 11 (Veterans' Day)
  • The fourth Thursday in November (Thanksgiving Day)
  • December 25 (Christmas)