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International Services

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Children from all across the world come to Children’s Mercy for specialized medical care. Whether your child has a rare health condition, needs a second opinion or just can’t get the care they need at home, our International Services team is ready to help. 

How to apply

We will be with you every step of the way to connect you with the best resources for your child and family’s unique needs. Together with our clinical teams, we’ll develop an individualized care plan, including any social and emotional support your family may need. We can also help you find resources for planning your trip and getting the necessary paperwork in place for international travel.

Heres how to get started.

Step 1. Fill out this Patient Application form.

  • We will respond within 1 to 3 U.S. business days. 

Step 2. Obtain medical clearance from Children’s Mercy.  

  • Once we have received your application, our clinical team will review your child’s medical records to determine whether Children’s Mercy is a good fit for your child’s needs.
  • If we are able to provide the care your child needs, we will work together with you to develop a care plan that is designed around your family’s unique needs. 

Step 3. Obtain financial clearance. 

  • Upon agreement from you and our clinical team on the individualized treatment care plan based on your child’s specific needs, we will begin developing a cost estimate for the treatment care plan.
  • We will discuss financial arrangements based on your family’s preferred method of payment for services. 
    • If you have medical insurance, we will verify your health care benefits and co-pay, if required.
    • If you are a self-pay patient, we require a deposit of funds in U.S. dollars.
    • If you have government sponsorship, we require a Letter of Guarantee or Letter of Financial Coverage.
  • Once your financial plan is confirmed, we will coordinate your visit schedule with the health care team who will care for your child.
  • Upon confirmation of required payment and/or financial arrangement, International Services can provide a Letter of Medical necessity for you and your child to apply for the appropriate travel visa.

Step 4. Share any additional needs. 

  • Our team will continue to get to know your child and family so we can design a customized itinerary, including dates of service, for your time at Children’s Mercy. We want to support your child’s physical, mental and emotional health needs and make sure your family is as comfortable as possible throughout the process. We offer supportive services such as: 

Step 5. Experience care at Children’s Mercy. 

  • Our team will be here to help your family during your time at the hospital. 
  • After your child’s care is complete, we will help you get the medical documentation and billing details finalized before you return to your home country. This includes a final financial statement and documentation of the treatment your child received.

Why choose Children’s Mercy? 

Children’s Mercy is a hospital built for kids. We provide world-class service for your child’s medical needs while also surrounding your family with supportive care throughout your visit. Families from across the world trust us with their child’s care. And in Kansas City, you’ll experience all the amenities of a big city without the crowds and traffic of a large metropolitan area.

Find out more about the Kansas City area.

Know before you go 

It is important to know that international patients must be formally accepted for treatment by a Children’s Mercy health care provider and/or program before you travel to receive care at our hospital.

Before you begin the application process, we suggest you prepare the following information (if applicable): 

  1. Current medical summary, translated into English. 
  2. Most recent laboratory and diagnostic reports.
  3. Medication list, including names of medications, doses and frequency. 

Please provide us with the most complete, up-to-date clinical information. We may not be able to review your request without this clinical information. 

The medical team may request additional medical records after they review your case. 

Complete the International Patient Application Form.

Learn more about Children’s Mercy 

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