November 6th 2018 in Tips & Advice
What to do in a Medical Emergency Whilst Abroad
When you are travelling abroad, you want to ensure that your holiday goes as smoothly as possible. Of course, emergencies can happen, and we need to know how to deal with them as soon as possible. Many people struggle to deal with medical emergencies, so we have put together a guide on what you should do when one comes up. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more about this.
Before you even set off on your holiday, you should make sure that you have the appropriate travel insurance. This will mean that you will be protected should anything go wrong, and you will be able to get the medical treatment that you need. Holiday insurance comes with many perks and there are different policies for those with different health issues. For example, there is travel insurance for those with high blood pressure so make sure to have a closer look and get the right travel insurance package for your own needs.
Once you have your travel insurance sorted out, you should also do some preparation to ensure that you are ready for any sort of emergency when you are abroad. This includes taking a look at any sort of emergency number that you can call should something happen or looking at local hospitals and clinics in the near vicinity to your hotel. On top of this, you should let the hotel staff know about any sort of medical conditions that you have if you are planning on travelling alone to ensure that someone can help you out.
What To Do
Once you are on holiday, you should relax but at the same time be prepared for any emergencies. If something were to happen, you should always call for assistance right away. This could involve shouting out for help or calling the emergency number that you have found before you set off on the trip. You should try to get to the nearest hospital or clinic right away. Don’t worry if you initially get taken to a hospital that you did not choose as you should be able to receive a transfer once the problem has been dealt with initially.
When you get to the hospital, you should be treated easily enough, and it probably will cost a lot of money initially. Of course, your travel insurance should cover you for any of the medical bills that you accumulate so you need to make sure that you call your insurance company to make a claim as quickly as possible. Where possible, an insurance provider may actually try to pay the agreed bill directly with the medical facility if it’s over a certain figure. While, not all companies will provide this, if the bills are extortionate, they will not always require you to pay at the desk. However, as good rule of thumb, you should collect as much evidence as possible to ensure that you can prove that this emergency happened to make your claim.
It is important that you prevent any sort of emergency as much as you can while you are on holiday. Don’t put yourself in dangerous situations and try to be cautious as you normally would. If something does happen in an emergency, make sure to follow the advice that we have given you in this article. Call for help and get to a hospital as quickly as you can. You might find that the standards of treatment are not quite what you are used to, but with a good insurance policy, you can get moved to a different hospital or repatriated for treatment. Follow all of the tips that we have given you in this article, get your hands on a comprehensive insurance policy and be honest with your insurer to ensure that you are covered against everything.
Article written by Adam Boston
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