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Travel Tips from the US State Department
Monday, April 12, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Being unprepared for medical emergencies is costly: medical evacuation to the US from a foreign country can cost $50,000. Even if you don’t have an extensive medication list or need medical attention while away from home, these tips from the US State Department provide a sense of security and let you truly enjoy your vacation.

You know to bring your PHR when traveling either within the US or abroad. But what about a medication or emergency contact list in a country where you don’t speak the language? Will your health insurance be accepted? Who will notify family and friends in case of an emergency?

The State Department recommends that you consider healthcare in advance of your trip - not when packing the night before.

- Bring an extra pair of eyeglasses. You don’t want your only pair to be packed in a bag that gets lost or misplaced.
- Know your medical insurance situation. Most US medical insurance is not accepted abroad.
- If you have a preexisting condition, be sure to carry a letter from your physician and a complete medication list, including generic names of drugs.
- Pack eyeglasses and medication in your checked luggage to be extra secure.
- If you become ill while abroad, the State Department can assist in notifying family or friends. With an organized, multilingual PHR, you can alert those at home in half the time.

Find out more about safeguarding your health while traveling abroad.

Tags   emergency, medication, insurance, travelers

About This Blog

Welcome to the Traveler’s PHR blog – a communication forum and social network to connect you with health information management professionals and other travelers for the exchange of ideas and information for managing your personal health information to prepare for the best healthcare while traveling. If you ever wondered what might happen if you get sick or even became unconscious while traveling outside of your home town and what you might do to prepare for such an event, then you’re in the right place. As this blog grows, we invite you to share your own advice and travel stories and learn from other travelers about their experiences.

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