When travelling to a foreign country for an extended stay, it’s a good idea to ask locals for recommended regional hospitals and doctor’s recommendations.
We have a few suggested questions to ask the locals to make sure you have the information you need in case of an emergency while in a foreign land.
Find An English Speaking Doctor
Once you find out the name of the local hospital, ask for the name of a doctor that speaks English. If you aren’t able to get the name of an English speaking doctor, write down important personal information in the native language the doctor will need to know. Information such as the medications you are currently taking, medications you may be allergic to, the name and contact information of your medical travel insurance, and your own family emergency contact information. Keep this list in your purse, and make sure you have it on you at all times. Giving an extra copy to the hotel concierge, or grounds keeper of the property you are staying at is not a bad idea either.
Your Insurance Agency Can Help Find You A Provider
International health insurance agencies may already have a list of English speaking doctors internationally, so check with them first.
In case of a dental emergency, ask your neighbors, restaurant owners or shop owners for a recommended dentist. Emergency dental care is covered with medical travel insurance, so should you have an accident that involves your teeth, you will know where to go in a hurry.
Know Where The Closest Pharmacist Is
A lot of countries also have pharmacies that sell generic prescription drugs for less, so it’s a good idea to find out where those are located as well. The price difference between generic and brand names is usually pretty broad, so the savings of shopping generic can save a lot of money. You may not run out of any medications you need while visiting but if you end up needing a new prescription, it could save a lot by knowing where to go to purchase them before you need them.
Practice the Native Language
It’s fun to talk to locals for tips about the area you are visiting. You will probably end up hearing about local hidden treasures to visit that you never would have had an opportunity to see otherwise as well as great medical advice. Don’t be afraid to practice your language skills, the information you will get is worth any amount of embarrassment you may experience from your lack of language abilities.