A vacation can turn sour very quickly if you manage to fall ill or get injured while on your supposed downtime. While it can be extremely disappointing, it is something you will have to deal with quickly if you want to get your getaway back on the rails. I spoke with FlightHub, an online travel agency, about what steps you need to take in order to receive the most optimal care abroad. While many people travel without insurance, having insurance greatly expedites the process of getting better in foreign countries.wanted to preface their suggestions by saying that
While insurance may not cover every penny of your expenses, it will open a lot of doors for you in terms of having an advocate for your health working with you and your doctors. In the worst case, having insurance will also help you get home in the event your trip needs to be cut short. With that said, here’s a guide to dealing with illness and injury abroad.
Assess Your Injury
The first thing you need to do is assess your injury. Did you cut yourself shaving? You probably don’t need to worry. Have a runny nose? Take some cold medicine and wait it out. But, if you do determine you have a serious injury or illness, you need to bypass all the following steps and get to a hospital. You should have the same standard of health abroad as you do at home, meaning don’t cut corners on your health just because you are in a foreign country.
Make Your Family Aware Of Your Situation
If you have the opportunity, you should definitely make your family aware of your situation. Not only does this make them aware, but it allows them to become part of the process. While you are in a foreign country, family members presumably have much easier access to your family doctor or medical files.
Go To A Pharmacy First
When it comes to illness, your best bet is to go to a pharmacy first. While some countries leave prescribing strictly to doctors, an increasing number of countries are loosening these rules, allowing pharmacists and nurses to administer antibiotics and other common medicines. This bypasses the hospital system, significantly reducing cost and time spent waiting to be seen. It’s a quick and effective solution that can quickly get you back on your feet, and ready for more adventures ahead!
Go To A Hospital
This is (hopefully!) obvious. If you need legit medical attention, you need to get to a hospital as soon as possible. Once again, remember to subject yourself to the same standards you would at home. Don’t cut corners, don’t put it off, and make sure you are healthy, as continued exertion could worsen your condition. Likewise, air travel can have an adverse effect on certain conditions, especially blood clots.
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