Getting Medical Treatment Abroad

Travelling abroad can be a great adventure. But amongst all the excitement, there is a chance you might get sick or have an accident, resulting in the need for medical treatment. You might even need treatment as the result of a pre existing medical condition.

What do you need to know about getting medical treatment abroad?

  • Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance. Your travel insurance will cover the cost of emergency medical treatment whilst you are abroad. can cover you, even if you have a pre existing medical condition.
  • Make a note of the 24 hour emergency medical assistance telephone number that came with your travel insurance policy - they can give you advice if you need urgent medical attention
  • If you will need special medical care while you are abroad (e.g. the use of a dialysis machine) contact the local hospital before you leave to find out if they can meet your needs
  • If you take regular medication, make a note of the name of it and translate it into the local language in case you lose it or run out of supplies
  • If you have an allergy, make a note of it and translate it into the local language if you can
  • While you are at the hospital request an English speaking doctor if there is one available
  • Make sure all medicine you receive abroad is labelled. You might need to tell a doctor what you have been taking once you get home
  • If you receive medical treatment abroad, hang on to any receipts or prescriptions so that you can claim the expenses back on your travel insurance
  • If you sustain injuries as the result of a serious accident, go to the nearest hospital immediately. Delay might only lead to further complications
  • Take a first aid kit with you - it could prevent the need to seek medical treatment. Pack antibiotics, pain killers and diarrhoea tablets
  • Take a phrasebook that contains basic medical terms or a medical Kwikpoint visual translator