This is the time of year when many people travel, some internationally. If you plan to leave the country, you may want to consider the following when it comes to your health:
– You may not have health insurance coverage for illnesses or injuries that are treated abroad even if you have US based medical coverage
– Medicare can not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs incurred abroad.
– The US Consulate staff will help locate health care providers
– You can purchase travel insurance that covers health care needs and pays for medical evacuation if you need to be transported back to the US for treatment
Obtaining medical treatment in another country can be expensive and a medical evacuation can cost over $ 50,000.
If you are older or have a disability and will be traveling out of the US, there are other things to consider:
– The conditions of the local area. For example, is there any local topography (such as high altitude) or climate conditions (hot and sticky) that may have an effect on you?
– Your own preparations. Avoid a lot of physical activity when you're getting ready for your trip.
– Find out what you can about the standards of accessibility for travelers with disabilities in the country where you are going. Also, the Department of Transportation has published two informative pamphlets: The New Horizons for the Air Traveler with Disability and Plane Talk: Facts for Passengers with Disabilities, which will help you.
For any situation, speak with your physician about your general physical condition and the activities you are planning to do while on your trip.
In addition, if you have medical expense coverage and you are traveling out of the US, contact your insurance plan representative to see if you are covered . If not, decide whether you need to purchase a travel insurance and / or a medical evaluation policy.
There is more information available on this topic at the US Department of State site: http://www.travel.state.gov .