Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Handle a Medical Emergency Away from Home

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How to Handle a Medical Emergency Away from Home

Article excerpt

We've all heard cautionary tales about people who got sick while they were in another country, and the stories can be pretty frightening. But the solution is not to give up traveling. It's to take some reasonable precautions before you leave home. Here's what Travel and Leisure magazine suggests:

Talk with your doctor before you go. If you haven't had a recent checkup, now's the time. Find out about any required or recommended vaccinations for your destinations. Tell your doctor where you are going and if you're planning to do anything particularly strenuous.

Check your insurance policy. See if it provides emergency coverage abroad. Be aware that Medicare does not. You may want to add a supplemental policy from an independent insurer (visit ustia.org). Find out if your credit card company reimburses for medical and emergency evacuation expenses. …

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