How to Get Help if You Get Injured While Traveling

No one plans on getting injured while they are traveling, either on vacation, business, or other reasons. Accidents do happen, however, and you need to prepare yourself should you get injured while traveling. It’s a scary thought to be in another country while needing emergency medical attention. By following this guide, you will know how to get help if you get injured while traveling.

Research Before You Leave

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First, you need know that you are covered by insurance if you were to get injured and need medical care. If your regular health plan doesn’t cover you in another country, you can purchase coverage that will. This can be a short-term policy just for the length of your travel. You also need to know who and how to call for emergency medical care. Plus, you need to know what medical services are available. If you will be far removed from medical services, how do you reach them? These are all important things to know.

Know All Local Medical Facilities

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If you need to call for emergency medical transportation, where will you be taken? You need to know where you will be so that others in your traveling party know where to go. You also need to know if these facilities have translation services, if you need them, or if you will need to provide your own, and how to get them.

Have All Documentation with You

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Have your identification and passport with you at all times, not back at the hotel. If you get injured while out dining, you can’t stop back at the hotel to retrieve your identification. You also need to have the insurance information with you that shows them that you are covered by a policy. They need to know you are covered and whom to bill for the services so they know you will not be paying out of pocket (or at least not covering the whole medical bill yourself.

Cover Extra Costs

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If there does happen to be any out of pocket costs for you, you will need to know how you will be paying for them. There will most likely be a currency exchange, so how will you transfer funds and exchange them to the proper currency? Will they bill you so that you can pay or will you need to pay before leaving the facility? Will they accept a credit card that automatically exchanges the currency? You need to find out all of this before you actually need their services.

If you are prepared should the worst happens, then it would be as frightening should it actually occur. If you aren’t frightened, then if you are injured, you only need to worry about actually getting help and not how you are going to get them or pay for them. Being prepared always makes the worst seem less of a bad situation.

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