Most of us tend to assume that when we’re ill, we will be in our home country and home town and able to see our usual GP who we signed up to. This is a nice idea but unfortunately life has a habit of ruining our best laid plans. Disease and injury doesn’t wait for anyone and it certainly doesn’t care whether you’re on holiday or on a business trip.
And the more often you travel, or longer you stay in towns away from your own, the more likely you are to become ill and not be near your local GP. So what do you do?
Find a Walk-in Clinic
If you are going to be visiting the same area regularly on business, or if you’re staying someone for weeks at a time, it is always a good idea to find your nearest walk-in clinic. These are clinics that will see you without an appointment and with no need for you to register with them. This is very useful for travelling businessmen and is often the quickest way to get seen to when you need urgent care.
Get Travel Insurance
If you are going on holiday or travelling anywhere then you should always get insurance that will cover medical costs. Many travel insurance policies will include medical care but make sure that that’s the case before you set off.
Trust the Locals
The worst thing you can do if you get ill abroad or anywhere else is to try and ‘wait’ until you get home. If you need urgent care then you can’t afford to be picky and it’s better to get seen to immediately. If you have an issue that can wait then of course you can travel home first – but it’s always better to be safer rather than sorry.