International Patient Services Program at Scripps Health

Destination health services for international patients

Destination health services for international patients

Every day, people from around the world travel to Scripps for care. Our destination health program provides guidance, treatment coordination and personal attention for patients who are visiting our hospitals or clinics from outside of the United States. 


With beautiful beaches and mountains, cultural attractions, plenty of sunshine and an average daily temperature of 72 degrees, San Diego offers a wonderful healing environment. Our team is ready to assist with both medical and non-medical services to help make your stay in San Diego as convenient and comfortable as possible.

International patient services

International patient services

We understand the challenges of receiving medical care away from home, and we're here to help every step of the way.


World-class specialty care

World-class specialty care

Named one of America's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Scripps is a leader in specialty care, including:


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Hotel and travel discounts

Hotel and travel discounts

Our travel partners offer significantly discounted rates for out-of-town patients. Learn more about:



Patient stories

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Patient stories

One-on-one assistance

From researching your options to arranging for follow-up medical care back home, you will have a single point of contact at Scripps to assist you throughout your stay. We will help you with:


  • Information about our hospitals, programs and physicians
  • Physician referrals
  • Medical cost estimates, billing questions and financial assistance 
  • Scheduling and coordinating appointments with Scripps Health specialists for consultation, diagnosis, medical procedures and follow-up care
  • Communication with physicians, hospitals and family members
  • Translation services 
  • Obtaining a medical travel visa
  • Accommodations and travel

Concierge services

Our concierge service team is dedicated to helping you and your traveling companions throughout your visit. We can help arrange patient travel, lodging and transportation and suggest ways to enjoy California's San Diego region. 

Visa information

If you need to obtain a visa to enter the U.S., Scripps can help. Once your treatment plan and appointments are verified, we will write a letter on your behalf to help you obtain your visa. You must bring this letter with you to a U.S. embassy or consulate when you apply for a visa. 


We recommend that you obtain a B1 (business) or B2 (pleasure) visa, in case you need to extend your stay for your treatment. Information about online visa applications is available on the U.S. Visas website.

Your medical records and forms

When you schedule your first appointment with a Scripps physician, please confirm the records and forms you will need to bring. If you do not have them, your treatment may be delayed. In most cases, you will need:


Medical records

Bring a hard copy of all medical reports translated into English.


Pathology materials

If necessary, Scripps will provide a letter addressed to U.S. Customs to enable you to enter the country with pathology samples, including glass slides.


Diagnostic imaging results

Bring the films and/or CD ROMs of any diagnostic testing relevant to your medical condition.