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For up-to-date health-related travel advice in the U.S., go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/travel.

You'll have little trouble finding hospitals and doctors in the Carolinas and Georgia -- in fact, the region has some of the most highly regarded medical centers and teaching facilities in the country.

If you suffer from a chronic illness, consult your doctor before your departure. Pack prescription medications in your carry-on luggage, and carry them in their original containers, with pharmacy labels -- otherwise, they won't make it through airport security. Visitors from outside the U.S. should carry generic names of prescription drugs. For U.S. travelers, most reliable healthcare plans provide coverage if you get sick away from home. Foreign visitors may have to pay all medical costs upfront and be reimbursed later.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.