International travel and your health


This is the time of year when many people travel, some internationally. If you are planning to leave the country, you may want to consider the following regarding your health:

– You may not have health insurance for diseases or injuries that are treated abroad, even if you have US health insurance.

– Medicare does not cover hospital or medical costs incurred abroad.

– Higher organizations can help obtain foreign medical coverage of Medicare supplement plans.

– US consular staff will help you find your healthcare provider and facility, and eventually contact family members.

– You can purchase travel insurance to cover medical needs and pay for medical evacuation if you need to be transported back to the US for treatment.

Getting medical treatment in another country can be expensive and medical evacuation can cost more than $ 50,000. In addition, any medical account and handling claims that may be needed to decrypt charges may be difficult abroad.

Other considerations

If you are older or have a disability and are traveling outside the United States, there are other things to consider:

– Local area conditions. For example, is there any local topography (such as high altitude) or climatic conditions (hot and sticky) that can affect you?

– Your own preparations. Avoid a lot of physical activity when going on a journey. Be aware that sudden changes in diet, climate and physical activity can have serious health consequences for an unwarranted traveler.

– Find out what you can about accessibility standards for disabled passengers in the country you are traveling to. The Department of Transport has also published two informative brochures: New Horizons for Disabled Passengers and Airplane: Disability Facts to Help You.

In any case, consult your doctor about your general physical condition and the activities you plan to take during the trip. This discussion should include a decision on all the medicines you are taking and the vaccinations that may be required.

In addition, if you have medical coverage and are traveling outside the United States, contact your insurance plan representative to see if you are covered. If this is not the case, decide whether you need to purchase travel insurance and / or medical evaluation.

More information on this topic is available on the US Department of State website: