If you were diagnosed with diabetes, epilepsy, asthma or any other medical condition, all is not lost for you. You don’t need to give up the joy of traveling and lock yourself up in a room. You have all the right to go out in the sun, feel the breeze and enjoy a vacation. Just that you need to be extra careful and know where to seek help in case your condition deteriorates and a medical repatriation is needed.
In this post, I will share some important tips to make it easier for you to travel with a medical condition.
When you have a particular medical condition, just any insurance offered by your company or travel agency is not enough. Take the responsibility of ensuring that your insurance is capable enough to cover your immediate medical needs if an emergency arises. What if you have a stroke or asthma attack, will the insurance cover the cost of an air ambulance to get you back home? Disclose your medical condition to the insurance provider and get a suitable insurance even if it costs a few extra dollars.
Get a check-up to ensure that your condition is stable and you are fit for travel before booking a holiday. I would suggest that you meet your general practitioner and tell about your travel plans. Your GP may tell you when is the better time to travel and advise you on activities that are safer for you. Always get a medical certificate from your medical practitioners before boarding a flight. Some airlines may ask for it. Most importantly, never board a plane against your doctor’s advice.
If you are traveling out of country, chances are you may not get the same medicines in your destination. Furthermore, natural calamities or political unrest may change your travel plans and extend your holiday, so carry enough medicines to last for several days. You must also carry your medical prescription, oxygen concentrators, and other medical information with you. Another important tip is to have essential medicines, important numbers, and copies of your medical prescription in every bag that you carry. Even if you lose a bag or drop your medication on a cruise, you will still have a backup at hand.
You must know the number of your travel insurance company, doctor, and medical repatriation provider by heart. In case of an emergency, you should be able to immediately call the concerned people for help or at least tell someone to make the call on your behalf.
In case of a serious medical emergency, you would want to get back to your home country immediately under the care of your trusted doctor. As your condition will not allow you to travel as normal, you will need the services of an air ambulance company.
If your insurance provider does not cover medical evacuation cost you always have the chance to contact a private provider for medical repatriation.
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