November 2011, Volume 41 Number 11 , p 63 - 63
I'm preparing for my first trip to Europe and I'm wondering what I should do if I have a health problem there. What should I know and how should I prepare? -D.B., ARIZ.Elizabeth R. Santulli, MA, BSN, RN, COHN-S, replies: Emergency illnesses and injuries during a trip can be very frightening. Being a responsible traveler means being prepared. Making a checklist can help decrease your stress.1 Here's some background information: * Most American health insurance policies, including Medicare, don't provide adequate coverage for routine medical or emergency care for overseas travel. Check with your health insurance carrier. If your policy won't cover you on your trip, consider purchasing a short-term international health insurance policy. These plans provide coverage for accidents and other healthcare-related expenses. Plans can be purchased before the beginning of the trip to provide coverage for its duration, from 5 days to 3 years. The cost varies depending on the benefits and deductibles.