What about your vacation healthcare needs?
Keira McGuire | 07.15.14
It's that time of year when many of us are packing up for a little rest and relaxation. While it's nice to get away, there are certain things you can't escape, like healthcare needs.
For that reason, it's a good idea to do a little research ahead of time. A quick internet search of your vacation destination can reveal what hospitals and urgent care centers are in the area. If you want to take it a step further, call your insurance company and ask them which locations are in your network. That way you can avoid unnecessary costs.
If you're lucky enough to vacation for a few months, experts suggest finding a second primary care doctor in your vacation area. Your current primary doctor may be able to help you locate one. No matter how long you're vacationing, pack smart. Make sure all of your prescriptions are filled and up-to-date. And, be sure to bring other medications that you only need now-and-then. For example, you may want to pack an inhaler for an occasional bout of asthma or an antihistamine for an allergy flare-up.
Here are a few other things you may want to bring:
- Your primary care doctor's contact information
- A first aid kit
- Insurance ID cards
- Medical records for a chronic illness or recent surgery
- Name and phone number of your pharmacist
Published in Healthcare Transformation