3 Tips For Dealing With Medical Problems Abroad

Apr 12, 2015 by

Hoping on a plane and heading off to visit another country can be an incredible experience, until an unexpected illness or injury occurs, that is.

Whether you are off on a beach holiday, a romantic getaway or a family trip, you most probably aren’t expecting to fall ill or get hurt. In fact, most of us tend to avoid giving much thought to how we would cope if a nasty bug or broken bone ruined our holiday.

Although it might not be something you want to think about – you are probably too busy day dreaming about white sand beaches and crystal clear lagoons. But it is important to think carefully about what you would do if you or a relative fell ill or got injured on holiday.

Falling ill or getting hurt at home is bad enough, but in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language, and everything seems strange, it can be a much scarier experience. Plus, it can be incredibly costly, too. That is why it is so important that you know what to do if you or a travel buddy fell ill or got injured abroad.

Here are our three top tips for dealing with injuries and illness abroad:

Travel and health insurance is a must

The best way you can protect yourself while abroad is to get travel and health insurance before you go. Otherwise, if the worst should happen and you need medical treatment, you could end up being left with a hefty bill and a whole lot of debt. The cost of medical treatments abroad can range from anything from £500 to £50,000 – that’s a lot of money to risk.

Your travel and health insurance policy should cover you for any injury or sudden illness abroad, 24 hour emergency care, and holiday cancellation cover. As well as cover for emergency private jet charters back to the UK, including the cost of onboard medical staff. It also a good idea to add on cover for extra cover for any extra activities, like jet sking or rock climbing you plan on partaking in.

Do your research and go prepared

Before heading off abroad, make sure that you do your research, so you are fully prepared for your trip. Is the tap water drinkable? Are there any vaccinations you need? If you are unsure what you need to do prior to your trip, make an appointment to discuss it with your doctor.

If you have daily medication, make sure to get documents from your doctor explaining what you need your medications for. It is also important to check that your medication is legal in the country you are going to. Otherwise, you could end up in a lot of trouble.

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Put the local emergency number in your phone

Before you head off on holiday, do some research and find out the local emergency number and put in your phone in case of emergencies. It is also a good idea to find out about local medical centres and minor emergency departments, in case you suffer from a minor accident or illness while you are away.

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