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Health Care Abroad

No one wants to imagine being sick or injured on vacation — but if the worst happens, it pays to be prepared. A few minor precautions can save you considerable hassle, time and money, and offer you peace of mind if you encounter health problems while traveling.


Medical practices abroad may be very different than those you’re used to at home, and language barriers can make matters worse. Between these factors and the fact that a new doctor won’t be familiar with your medical history, it’s crucial to prepare as much as possible for medical emergencies.
The following tips, contact information, medication names and additional resources will help you find health care abroad and deal with medical needs both minor and critical.



Start with the Consular Information Sheets
If you aren’t familiar with the country you’re visiting, the U.S. State Department’s Consular Information Sheets are a good place to start to see what type of medical services will be available to you once you’re there. Select your country and look for “Medical Facilities and Health Information.”



Check Your Insurance
Before you travel, call your health insurance provider to see what coverage, if any, you will have in the destinations you’re visiting. Some insurance companies will not cover injuries or illness outside your home country, while others require that you pay for any treatment up front and then apply for reimbursement after you get home. If you’re not satisfied with the coverage available to you, look into purchasing a travel insurance policy that will cover health care and emergency medical evacuation.



Collect Health Care Contact Information Before You Leave
Write down the following information in your address book, journal or itinerary and keep it with you at all times: