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Health

Availability & Cost of Health Care

In general, if you have a medical emergency, the best bet is for you to find the nearest hospital and go to its emergency room. If the problem isn’t urgent, you can call a nearby hospital and ask for a referral to a local doctor, which is usually cheaper than a trip to the emergency room. Stand-alone, for-profit urgent-care centres can be convenient, but may perform large numbers of expensive tests, even for minor illnesses.



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Insurance

It’s essential to purchase travel health insurance if your regular policy doesn’t cover you when you’re abroad.

If your health insurance does not cover you for medical expenses abroad, consider supplemental insurance. Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.



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Medications

Bring any medications you may need in their original containers, clearly labelled. A signed, dated letter from your doctor that describes all medical conditions and medications, including generic names, is also a good idea.



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©2012 Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. 

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