International Patient Services

Destination health services for international patients

An aerial view of Torrey Pines golf course in La Jolla represents one of the many activities out-of-town patients can enjoy in San Diego.

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.

Services for traveling patients

A doctor puts a comforting hand on a patient's shoulder, representing the compassionate care for international patients at Scripps.

Services for traveling patients

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

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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

A sunset view of La Jolla shores represents one of the beautiful locations offering hotel and lodging discounts for out-of-town patients.

Hotel and travel discounts

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

Patient stories

Mexicali fisherman Rodolfo Nelson-Culebro enjoys sitting on a park bench after travelling to San Diego for lifesaving heart surgery at Scripps.

Patient stories

One-on-one assistance

You will have a single point of contact at Scripps to assist you throughout your stay. Our team is dedicated to helping you and your travel companions throughout your visit. We will help you with:

  • Information about our hospitals, programs and physicians
  • Physician referrals
  • Medical cost estimates, billing questions and financial assistance 
  • Coordinating appointments with Scripps Health specialists for consultation appointments
  • Translation services 
  • Accommodations and travel

Visa information

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 US 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 US 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.