This November 19, 2001 DOS cable advised consular officers that aliens applying for B-2 visas for medical treatment must also be evaluated for the likelihood of their becoming public charges. The cable instructs officers to consider the possibility of unexpected high costs for follow-up medical treatment when deciding whether to grant the B-2 visa. The cable states that unless a hospital or foundation has agreed to cover all follow-up treatment costs, visa applicants "should be directed to request a cost estimate for follow-on treatment from the U.S. hospital and present evidence of sufficient funds to pay for the treatment." [DOS cable 2001 State 199998 (November 19, 2001) AMDOC#: 200405003