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Health Tip: Preparing for a Health Emergency

-- If you're planning an international trip, don't forget to make preparations for possible illness or injury.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions:

  • Find out your destination's requirements for insurance and payment for medical expenses.
  • Call your health insurance company to verify if it will cover any medical expenses incurred in another country.
  • If your insurer won't cover you, consider purchasing extra health insurance just for your trip.
  • Do some homework on medical evacuation insurance, which can cover the expenses of moving you to another country or city for better care.
  • Understand that you may have to initially pay some of your medical expenses out-of-pocket, even if you expect to be reimbursed by your insurance carrier.
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Posted: September 2009

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