Finding a health professional or medical facility while traveling is usually at the bottom of our travel plans but it never hurts to be prepared, especially if you are medically challenged. Here's some tips from Global Rescue...
2. Know your health insurance policy and service coverage. Know in advance whether your plan covers medical bills if you are hospitalized while traveling internationally. Do you have medical evacuation coverage for emergency medical transportation, and trip cancellation insurance in case you miss your flight due to a medical emergency? In any case, be sure to have a backup plan to pay for emergency care if needed in the event that the medical facility you visit will not work with your health insurance provider.
3. Bring your own pharmacy. Travel with basic over-the-counter medications and a small first aid kit, because there is no guarantee that you’ll find a pharmacy around the corner. Pain relievers, medications to control a fever, antacids, allergy medicine, antibiotic ointment, eye drops, decongestants, cold medicine, and yeast infection treatments are just a few items we take for granted that can be obtained easily at drug stores at home. Bring any necessary travel medications with you, such as malaria prophylaxis and traveler’s diarrhea treatment. Do not assume you will be able to source these medications in other countries. Any medications purchased abroad may not be subject to the same manufacturing standards and quality control you expect at home. If you take a prescription medication, be sure to bring double the amount that you need in case travel plans are delayed.
4. Be familiar with health and security concerns relevant to the location. There are general health advisories, health and security risk assessments and food and water safety precautions specific to different regions. Your travel medical provider should be able to review any individual health concerns specific to you and your medical history and your itinerary. Be sure you have the necessary information to prevent health and safety risks associated with your particular travel itinerary. Global Rescue members have access to GRID, our online intelligence platform, for detailed destination reports and up-to-the-minute information on global medical and security events.
5. Never travel without a Global Rescue membership. Medical and security emergencies can threaten your life at the worst possible time, when you’re away from home, far from friends, family and support. Global Rescue medical membership includes medical evacuations from anywhere in the world to your choice of home-country hospital, any time you are more than 160 miles from home and need hospitalization.
Global Rescue excels at Field Rescues for medical emergencies requiring hospitalization in the event you are in a remote location and cannot get to a hospital on your own. Membership includes 24/7 medical advice and support from world class physicians at Johns Hopkins Medicine. By upgrading to include security, members protect themselves from non-medical emergencies. If Global Rescue determines that a member is in danger of imminent grievous bodily harm, we provide security and transport services, up to $100,000, from their location to the member’s home country. We strongly recommend a security upgrade whenever there is risk of natural disaster, civil unrest, terrorism, or war."
Source: Excerpt from 5 Tips for Staying Healthy and Safe during Holiday Travels, RescueWire, December 22, 2014.
To be able to travel is like a dream come true for many. When most people think about traveling, they have thoughts of adventure, glamour and culture floating through their minds. It seems though, that not many wanderlusters out there are thinking about the health and safety issues that sometimes creep up during traveling. As an experienced traveler, and one that is quite paranoid about my health, I have come up with my own tips and tricks for staying safe and healthy while traveling.
Medical and security emergencies can threaten your life at the worst possible time, when you’re away from home, far from friends, family and support.
Although most travelers correctly believe that something like this will never happen to them, emergency medical evacuation from a foreign country back home can sometimes cost $100,000 or more, depending extent of the illness or injury.
Good candidates for medevac insurance include those who are heading to remote areas or places where serious diseases are rampant, Perkins said. Business travelers frequently sent on overseas assignments might also consider it, if they are not already covered under a company policy.
It doesn't matter if you're into adventure travel, a frequent business traveler or simply someone heading off on a summer vacation. The fact is that accidents can happen, and sometimes they require medical care and assistance in getting home. But if you rely on your own health coverage or travel insurance to take care of you, you might be in for a big surprise. So to clear the air, here are five myths about medical evacuation coverage.
Medical transport by air remains controversial primarily because of its cost and dismal safety record! Do medical helos really make a difference?
While many private health insurance plans reimburse emergency medical expenses overseas and some cover “medical evacuation” — moving sick or injured travelers to the nearest adequate hospital — almost no health insurance policies pay to bring those travelers back home to the United States. And, as Mr. Peabody found, getting home can be the most expensive part of a health crisis abroad.
I wasn’t willing to go through a live field test of the best private MediVac companies from the middle of the Pacific, so our judgment relied on the services that they offer, testimonials, and the companies’ experience in the field. We came to the conclusion that Global Rescue Maritime is the best and most comprehensive emergency medical evacuation service for sailors.
AeroCare is a nationally recognized and accredited provider of worldwide air ambulance and medevac services. AeroCare’s air medical transport services also include commercial flight nurse escorts throughout the world. Our mission is to safely transport our patients in a manner consistent with our core values of excellence in patient care, integrity, safety, and customer service.
AirMed offers unparalleled medical care and bedside-to-bedside transportation on a worldwide basis and boasts some of the most experienced air medical crews in the industry
The AirMedCare Network combines the membership programs of four leading air ambulance operators, the largest of its kind in the United States. Through the AirMedCare Network, each company’s membership enjoys the benefits of the membership program across a combined 32 state service area.
Hospitals, Doctors and Health Practitioners worldwide
Best Doctors provides access to the best medical minds in the world. You can be sure you’re getting the right diagnosis, the right treatment and the right care.
As an eligible Blue Cross and Blue Shield member, you can use this website to find doctors and hospitals outside of the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. You can also find other valuable resources to help you stay safe and healthy around the world.
On-demand doctors are bringing back the house call especially in metropolitan areas.
Just about everything can be done online these days from shopping, dating and working to even consulting a doctor thousands of miles away...
European Air Ambulance (EAA) is one of the largest specialised air ambulance service providers in Europe offering worldwide air ambulance repatriation with outstanding end-to-end patient care.
Our mission at GEOS is to provide solutions and services that truly save lives and provide a safer environment for all of our clients – wherever they may be in the World.
Global Dialysis is the premier resource for people looking for information about haemo and peritoneal dialysis around the world. This is invaluable for people planning trips for travel, holidays and business.
For over a decade, Global Rescue has provided individuals, families, enterprises and governments with the critical medical, security, information and intelligence needed to avoid and respond to crises. Since our founding in 2004 in partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine, Global Rescue has grown to become the recognized leader in travel risk, crisis management and response services. We are the only fully integrated provider of medical, security, intelligence and communication.
HTH Worldwide's global expertise your trusted travel companion. Put deep and reliable databases in the palm of your hand to help you access quality healthcare services all around the world.
We believe in making it easier for organisations to work and grow on an international scale. We can help you achieve your goals by preparing your employees for travel and supporting them whilst they are in unfamiliar and remote locations. We help to keep them healthy and safe, so you can focus on your core business activities.
MedjetAssist offers the most comprehensive travel protection memberships available for your health, safety and security. Now travelers can explore the world more fully and confidently than ever before.
Remote Medical International (RMI) is an experienced provider of medical support services for customers operating in remote environments worldwide.
WorldClinic services include a 24/7 personal doctor, comprehensive health planning, medical provisioning for travel and home, disaster medical planning, a 24/7 electronic medical record archive and physician-to-physician second opinion referrals for any serious or complex illness.