Travel Insurance and Medical Care Overseas

Travel insurance is a wise investment when travelling. The most important aspects of insurance are cover for medical and dental expenses, which includes cover for emergency transport and hospitalisation while travelling if necessary. Insurance should also cover repatriation to Australia in the event of severe injury or illness. Travellers with pre existing medical conditions may require extra insurance to cover their condition while overseas.

Accessing Medical Care Overseas

Before travelling check what medical facilities are available in the country where you are going, and take a list of available clinics and hospitals with you. Medicare Australia (phone no 132 011) can advise which countries have reciprocal Medicare benefits. The Australian Embassy in each country can be helpful. The website, cdc.gov/travel, has information on how to access medical facilities at each destination. The website worldhospitalsearch.org lists gold standard accredited hospitals in each travel region, and gives contact details.