Find out why you should consider the level of healthcare in a destination before travelling and how to get Travel Insurance to cover you.
No one wants to think about falling ill on holiday, however, the quality of healthcare is different in every country. So it may be worth researching a country more before choosing it for your trip abroad.
If you take out travel insurance and fall ill while on holiday, the medical emergency assistance company will do everything they can to make sure you get the treatment you need. But the quality of care – whether state-run or private – can only ever be as good as the level of medical care within the country you’re visiting.
Where standards are lower than generally found in the UK, this can make receiving treatment abroad even more worrying and stressful for yourself and your loved ones.
If you’re particularly vulnerable to health problems and are travelling alone, it could be more important to consider the standards of healthcare when picking a holiday destination. Research your destination as much as you can before you travel…
The FCO website provides useful, country-specific advice on general healthcare standards, as well as whether it is safe to travel to a specific country at all. The Travel Health Pro and NHS Fit To Travel websites are other useful sources of information.
To help you, AllClear has highlighted five top tips on what to research when picking a holiday destination:
There are certain countries, even within Europe, where nursing care is not provided and instead it’s the responsibility of family and friends to provide the care that nurses normally would. There are also instances where upfront payment is required for even basic equipment such as bedpans. This can be a difficult and upsetting time, and being prepared can make a significant difference.
While we don’t want you to feel restricted in choosing a destination, we think this may be an area that’s overlooked by many travellers. Understanding which countries might pose a greater risk, especially for the vulnerable, could be extremely valuable if the worst should happen.
No matter the general standard of healthcare of the country your wish to travel to, Travel Insurance is always important. In fact, Travel Insurance is essential if you have a pre-exsiting medical condition. Find out how AllClear can help protect you and your holiday.
Written by Lydia Crispin, MA Content Creator at AllClear
Edited by Letitia Smith, M.Sc. Content Manager at AllClear
Written by: Lydia Crispin | Travel Insurance ExpertLast Updated: 21 September 2023
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