How to Get Medical Care Abroad

Expect the unexpected

When traveling internationally, it’s best to prepare yourself for every possible situation.

Before you leave, contact your own insurance company regarding your coverage.

If you need medical care, the American Embassy or Consulate can usually provide names of hospitals, physicians, or emergency medical service agencies.

Be pro-active

Take steps to minimize the risk of injury and establish a plan for dealing with medical emergencies.

If you have chronic medical conditions or you take prescription medications, you should always carry enough to carry you through your trip.

It’s also a good idea to carry a signed and dated statement from your physician indicating any major health problem in case of emergency. You’ll also need your International Certificate of Vaccination.

Because of the variable quality of health care services abroad, hospitalization and treatment may be associated with an increased risk of disease or infection.