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International Health

Ochsner International Health Services provides specialized health care to patients traveling to the United States for their health care.

Patients come to Ochsner from throughout the United States and from around the world: Annually, we treat over 4,000 International patients. They come to Ochsner to see some of the brightest minds in the field of medicine, a staff of over 900 physicians practicing in more than 90 medical specialties and sub-specialties, and to access the latest technological advances and cutting-edge research assembled in one of the most comprehensive medical facilities in North America. This tradition of medical excellence has, for more than 70 years, firmly established the Ochsner name as a world-renowned multi-specialty clinic. This dedication to leadership in healthcare reaps rewards for our patients. Ochsner is consistently ranked among the very best in quality of care surveys, and the well-being, comfort, and satisfaction of our patients is our primary concern.

To this end, Ochsner has developed a highly specialized, regionally-integrated delivery system that extends its approach to healthcare far beyond the main campus. Our International Health Services office is equipped with experienced staff and interpreters to take care of any special needs and make you feel at home.

Healthcare with Peace of Mind

At Ochsner, we strive to provide services tailored to the unique medical and cultural needs of each patient. We carefully assess our patients’ health while helping to enhance their overall awareness of their well-being. This approach to healthcare through a better understanding of a patient’s lifestyle profile enables us to offer options that can be used to maximize overall health

A Tradition of International Health Service

For over 60 years, Ochsner has been a major referral center for patients from around the world and particularly from Central and South America. From prenatal to geriatric care, Ochsner offers healthcare for the entire family. The depth and breadth of our medical expertise literally covers every aspect of human illness and disorder regardless of age or gender. This broad capability allows our patients to access an extensive continuum of care that is second to none in the world. Ochsner treats over 4,000 international visitors annually and, while many international patients are seen at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Ochsner physicians often travel to remote locations to provide specialized medical care where none exists. Ochsner also has one of the nation’s largest non-university academic programs for intern and residency training. The list of international physicians trained at Ochsner over the past 50 years is substantial. Ochsner Health System has been a bountiful resource and training ground for young doctors who come here to receive the training and experience that will eventually provide medical expertise to the residents of their homeland.

Service, Convenience and World-Class Treatment

Ochsner’s long history of international service has made this department particularly sensitive to the needs and desires of our international clientele. We are particularly aware of the unique ethnic and cultural needs of the international traveler and every effort is made to anticipate and meet these needs while providing exceptional attention to every detail. The Ochsner staff takes great pride in providing world-class service before, during and after each visit. This level of highly personalized service encourages an atmosphere where every effort is extended to create an environment of comfort and convenience. Personal services are offered five days-a-week with on-call support available at any time for emergency situations. A patient coordinator is assigned to each patient to assist in all arrangements including air transportation, lodging, medical appointments and all appropriate tests that may be needed during the patient’s stay. The patient coordinator will help with any and all special considerations that may be needed and can make arrangements should you wish to experience the flavor and excitement of New Orleans during our stay. Ochsner Health System will set the standard for healthcare delivery by providing our patients the best physicians and employees; focusing on the best clinical practices and use of the most advanced technology; while providing a warm and inviting atmosphere conducive to the well-being of our patients. Our commitment to patient care, education, and research will enable us to serve our patients and communities today and in the future.

Second Opinions

The diagnosis of a severe condition or illness with limited treatment options can be very frightening. At Ochsner, close collaboration between clinicians and scientists brings medical discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside. Getting a second opinion allows you not only to confirm the diagnosis, but also to get a different perspective on your treatment options. If you have any doubts about the diagnosis, are not happy with the advice or treatment offered, or have questions or concerns regarding the treatment you’re receiving, it is always wise to seek a second opinion. A second opinion will ensure you are fully informed and able to make important decisions regarding your medical care.

Ochsner offers a wide range of services and sub-specialties that may not be listed here. To inquire about specific specialties or treatments, please contact our office at 504-842-3719 or e-mail us at

Personal Service

International Health Services at Ochsner provides assistance to our international patients that reaches beyond expert healthcare. The department is staffed by a full complement of service specialists to assist in your travel to and from our facility. We hope to make your stay with us as trouble free as possible. At Ochsner, we understand the needs of our international patients. We appreciate the fact that you have chosen Ochsner from among the best medical centers in the world. Our pledge is to provide exceptional service from a medical staff that will take all the time necessary to discuss your medical history and your lifestyle choices with an eye on enhancing your overall well-being. The International Health Services Department can assist in making all the arrangements necessary for a trouble-free visit, including:

  • Assistance with financial estimates and package pricing
  • Coordination of all visa and passport requirements
  • All travel arrangements to and from Ochsner Medical Center
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Medical appointments and test scheduling
  • Arrangements and/or reservations to area attractions
  • Financial coordination and banking needs
  • Special nutritional needs
  • Follow-up medical reports provided to patient or his/her physician

Levee Run Apartments

Ochsner has a few apartments, located at the Levee Run Apartment complex two blocks away from the hospital. These apartments may be an option for transplant patients and family members. They are simply-furnished two bedroom and one bathroom apartments with a small kitchen and living area. There is a queen bed in each bedroom. The apartments are equipped with a phone and Television with basic cable services. There is an inexpensive sliding scale fee for the apartments, which is determined by completing a financial profile with your social worker when you arrive.