Making the decision to visit a foreign country can be exciting, but foreign vacations can also be a logistical challenge. While no one goes on vacation planning to experience a medical emergency, these emergencies do happen.
Here are three things that you can do to ensure you are prepared to handle any potential medical emergencies that may arise as you plan for your upcoming foreign vacation.
1. Talk to your insurance company.
It's important that you take the time to gather information on your health insurance policy prior to leaving on a foreign vacation. Many health insurance providers will cover certain medical services while you are out of the country, but other services may not be covered under your existing policy.
Schedule an appointment to visit with your insurance agent so that you will know exactly what your coverage limits are prior to embarking on your vacation.
2. Identify a reputable air ambulance company.
In the event that you suffer a serious medical emergency while traveling in a foreign country, you will need specialized transportation back to the United States.
Air ambulance services are provided by aircraft carriers that have been specially outfitted with medical equipment. A crew of trained medical professionals man these planes to ensure passengers receive the medical care needed to remain stable while traveling between countries.
Be sure that you have the contact information for a reputable air ambulance company prior to leaving on your vacation so that you will be able to arrange reliable transport home in the event of a medical emergency.
3. Make sure everyone in your travel party knows what to do in a medical emergency.
It's essential that every person traveling in your party knows what actions need to be taken during a medical emergency. If only one person has the knowledge required to secure proper medical care and transport, a bad situation could become worse if it is that person who sustains an injury.
Briefing all members of your travel party on proper medical emergency protocol while traveling abroad will ensure everyone is prepared to deal with medical emergencies in the future.
Planning for a potential medical emergency should be part of your travel preparations when you are visiting a foreign country. Be sure that you know your coverage limits, that you have the contact information for an air ambulance company, and that all the members of your travel parts are prepared to handle a medical emergency correctly before your next trip.Share
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