At Boston Children’s Hospital our top priority is providing world-class care for all children, whether they live down the street or thousands of miles away. For us, world-class care doesn’t just mean a successful surgery or cancer remission. It also means providing sensitive and comprehensive support to your child and family at every stage of treatment, from the first consultation to long-term follow-up.

Our physicians, nurses, and support staff bring to everything they do a compassionate awareness of the stresses faced by families with ill or injured children. We fully involve parents and siblings in a patient’s care, and strive to anticipate and respond to the unique needs — both logistical and emotional — of families from all backgrounds and cultures.

The following resources will help your family make arrangements for care and prepare for your visit to the hospital.

International Health Services

Each year we provide treatment and support services to more than 2,000 international patients and their families. The experts in our International Center specialize in coordinating complex care across languages, cultures, and geography. Some of the services and facilities we provide include:

Learn more about our International Health Services.

How to Become a Patient

Arranging for healthcare at Boston Children’s Hospital is easy no matter where your family calls home. The first step is to obtain a referral or second opinion through a physician or to contact the hospital or International Center directly. From there, we’ll guide you through the rest of the process:

  • Registering a patient
  • Collecting the necessary information and paperwork
  • Understanding the plan of care
  • Estimating treatment costs and determining insurance and payment options
  • Setting up your child’s appointments

Get more info on becoming a patient.

Your First Visit: What to Expect

We do everything we can to make your family’s experience as smooth and stress-free as possible. Before you arrive at the hospital, we’ll help you with the details and walk you through everything you need to know:

Learn more about preparing for your visit.