No, I’m not a doctor.
The following links are to pages with specific information.
I highly recommend that you see a travel doctor before traveling to many destinations.
Not your family doctor, who might not be knowledgeable of the destination.
CDC: Find a Clinic; http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/find-clinic;
Passport Health: Travel Clinics; https://www.passporthealthusa.com/;
clinics can be searched for by zip code on this website.
Passport Health is the largest provider of travel medicine services with travel clinics throughout the United States.
Travel Consultations · Travel Vaccines · Travel Supplies
Malaria & Diarrhea Prevention · Travel Insurance
Even “safe” destinations can present health risks that Travel Agents and Tour Operators don’t know about; or won’t divulge for fear of scaring you away.
Do your homework; don’t assume nothing will happen.
Notes on Medicare and PPOs and HMOs
Medicare: https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/travel-need-health-care-outside-us.html; “In general, health care you get while traveling outside the U.S. isn’t covered. The 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa are considered part of the U.S.”
PPO and HMOs: prior to traveling outside of the U.S.; call your insurance provider to see what is covered.
Many of the largest insurance providers cover emergency care abroad.
The big difference is that you will need to pay for the services up front; and then get reimbursed by your insurance company after saving all of the receipts.
See the Travel Insurance page for many of the providers.
Get some insurance!!!
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Traveler’s Health; http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
This site gives the Center for Disease Control’s recommended health precautions and warnings for travelers.
CDC’s Destination List: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list
A list of countries and their health requirements or warnings plus news articles about outbreaks and immunizations.
Also included are a geographic travel map and health recommendations.
IAMAT: https://www.iamat.org/; for a list of English speaking doctors.
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