Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Lost in Translation! Getting Health Care Abroad

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When you need health care abroad, the interaction with the doctor may not just be about your treatment, the doctor may try to determine your eligibility for care.

If your doctor starts to ask you about where you are from, don't treat it as though it was a normal meeting and explain where you were born and how you came to be in your host country. If the doctor is determining your eligibility for care, omitting that you are now legally resident in the country you are in can lead to non-resident charges, or refusal to give you health care.

If you've recently repatriated you might be asked eligibility questions too. If you have developed a foreign accent people won't believe that you are a citizen. If you are concerned you can take some ID to your appointment.

Private Health Care

There are several health-care companies that provide different levels of service for expats. You should check the level of service you need, and the availability of the providers in the country you are going to live in before you accept an international assignment.

Self Help

There are numerous apps that can help you to communicate with a health-care professional in another language. You can also get diagnostic tools on some of the apps.

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For more help on different health-care systems and ways to get medical support as an expat, sign up for the course, "What Should I Know About an International Assignment Before I Go?"

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