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DC Area Health and Medical Information



For information on U.S. Government health plans, go to . You can change to a local plan if you prefer. Research plans thoroughly, as there are many options that are not available overseas. Don't get caught with a big bill -- make sure you know which local doctors and facilities are preferred providers for your plan.


  • Consumers Checkbook ranks local doctors, dentist, emergency rooms, hospitals and gyms.
  • The Washingtonian ranks the best doctors and dentists.  Search on the site for specialists in both medical and dental fields.
  • For Foreign Service officers and their family members, the Overseas Briefing Center offers subscciption access.  Contact the OBC for more information.  


  • IQ: Information Quest is a free 24-hour/ 7 days per week counseling, education and referral service that can help Department of State employees find the programs, providers, information, and resources they need to manage personal and professional responsibilities. IQ: Information Quest provides information on childcare, eldercare, health and wellness, adoption, and much more. Department of State employees have access to IQ:Information Quest. For login information, contact the HelpDesk at

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