Abstract: This 12-page handout provides basic information to help immigrants to the United States understand the health care system in the U.S. and at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Included are sections about the health care team, making decisions about health care, legal issues, privacy, who pays for care, questions about medical bills, emergency care, hospital and clinic visits, tests, lab visits, medicines, and more.
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