Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Is There A Doctor In The Country?

How to find help when you're away from home...

You know that this blog is about a lot more than just real estate. Every time I get my copy of the CAA Lifestyle, Travel and Cool Car Stuff magazine in the mail, I love reading through it because it's about a lot more than just road side assistance.

The Winter 2009 edition has an interesting article on how to find a doctor when you travel overseas. With the Holiday season soon upon us, I thought I would share this article with you. If you have anything to add, don't hesitate to do so. And yes, obviously they are marketing their services at the end of the article! But it still is sound advice. I, for one, had no idea I could walk into a British or Australian embassy and ask for help if no Canadian embassy was present in the country I was visiting. It pays to be prepared so have fun and travel safely.

It's stressful to fall ill and need a doctor when you're in a foreign country, particularly in places where English isn't widely spoken. Being prepared before you travel can help you find medical care if you experience a health emergency while abroad. Canadian embassies and consulates can provide a list of appropriate doctors and hospitals in their region. Before you travel, look up the phone number for the Canadian government offices in the country you'll be visiting. In countries where there is no Canadian office, a British or Australian consulate or embassy will provide help to Canadians. A list of Canadian offices abroad, by country, can be found at the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website at or by calling 1-800-267-8376.

The Canadian government also strongly recommends purchasing travel medical insurance. For example, CAA's Emergency Travel & Medical Insurance* not only covers you for emergency medical expenses (which can be considerable), but can also provide prescription assistance, medical repatriation and translation services when English-speaking health-care providers aren't available. For more information, visit your nearest CAA Store or call 1-800-992-8143.

*Certain exclusions, limitations and conditions apply.