Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad

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Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad



Editor's note: The information below was posted on the State Department's website (www.state.gov) as of March 2004 by Bureau of Consular Affairs and has been condensed by the editors for publication in book format. Readers should consult www.state.gov for additional information, updates, or revisions.




AIR AMBULANCE / MED-EVAC
TRAVEL INSURANCE COMPANIES
EXECUTIVE MEDICAL SERVICES

If an American citizen becomes seriously ill or injured abroad, a U.S. consular officer can assist in locating appropriate medical services and informing family or friends. If necessary, a consular officer can also assist in the transfer of funds from the United States. However, payment of hospital and other expenses is the responsibility of the traveler.


Before going abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas. If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form. Although many health insurance companies will pay "customary and reasonable" hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States. Medical evacuation can easily cost $10,000 and up, depending on your location and medical condition.


THE SOCIAL SECURITY MEDICARE PROGRAM DOES NOT PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL COSTS OUTSIDE THE U.S.A.


Senior citizens may wish to contact the American Association of Retired Persons for information about foreign medical care coverage with Medicare supplement plans.


To facilitate identification in case of an accident, complete the information page on the inside of your passport providing the name, address and telephone number of someone to be contacted in an emergency.


A traveler going abroad with any preexisting medical problems should carry a letter from the attending physician, describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic name of prescribed drugs. Any medications being carried overseas should be left in their original containers and be clearly labeled. Travelers should check with the foreign embassy of the country they are visiting to make sure any required medications are not considered to be illegal narcotics.


A listing of addresses and telephone numbers of U.S. embassies and consulates abroad is contained in Key Officers of Foreign Service Posts . This publication may be obtained through the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.

Also available from the Government Printing Office is Health Information for International Travel by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This contains a global rundown of disease and immunization advice and other health guidance, including risks in particular countries. The CDC maintains the international travelers hotline at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747), an automated faxback service at 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299) and a home page on the Internet at http://www.cdc.gov.


For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization's (WHO) website at http://www.who.int/en. The WHO also provides travel health information at http://www.who.int/iht.


For detailed information on physicians abroad, the authoritative reference isThe Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists published for the American Board of Medical Specialists and its certifying member boards. This publication should be available in your local library. U.S. embassies and consulates abroad maintain lists of hospitals and physicians. Major credit card companies also can provide the names of local doctors and hospitals abroad.


Some countries require foreign visitors to have inoculations or medical tests before entering. Before traveling, check the latest entry requirements with the foreign embassy of the country to be visited.


Several private organizations will provide medical information and insurance for overseas travelers. Most charge a fee for this service. The following is providedFOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY and in no way constitutes an endorsement, expressed or implied, by the Department of State.




AIR AMBULANCE/MED-EVAC


U.S.-based Companies

ABLE JET

Fort Pierce, FL
800-225-3538

ACADIAN AMBULANCE & AIR MED SERVICE, INC.

Lafayette, LA
800-259-3333


ADVANCED AIR AMBULANCE

Miami, FL
800-633-3590 / 305-232-7700


AAA - AIR AMBULANCE AMERICA

Austin, TX
800-222-3564 / 512-479-8000


AIR AMBULANCE CARE FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Clearwater, FL
800-282-6878 / 1-727-530-7972 (international)


AIR AMBULANCE NETWORK

Sarasota, FL
800-327-1966


AIR AMBULANCE PROFESSIONALS

Fort Lauderdale, FL
800-752-4195 / 954-491-0555


AirEvac

Phoenix, AZ
800-421-6111


AIR MEDIC - AIR AMBULANCE OF AMERICA

Washington, PA
800-245-9987


AIRescue INTERNATIONAL

Van Nuys, CA
800-922-4911 / 818-994-0911


AIR RESPONSE

Orlando, FL
800-631-6565 / 303-858-9967


AIR STAR INTERNATIONAL

Thermal, CA
877-570-0911 / 800-991-2869
e-mail: [email protected]


AMERICAN CARE, INC.

San Diego, CA
800-941-2582 / 619-486-8844


AMERICAN JET AIR MEDICAL

Houston, TX
888-I-FLY-AJI / 713-641-9700


CRITICAL AIR MEDICINE

San Diego, CA
800-247-8326 / 619-571-0482

CRITICAL CARE MEDFLIGHT

Lawrenceville, GA
800-426-6557


GLOBAL CARE / MEDPASS

Alpharetta, GA
800-860-1111


INFLIGHT MEDICAL SERVICES INTERNATIONAL INC .

Naples, FL
800-432-4177 / 941-594-0800


INTERNATIONAL SOS ASSISTANCE

Philadelphia, PA
800-523-8930 / 215-244-1500
Also provides travel insurance services.


LifeFlight New Orleans

New Orleans, LA
800-942-0455/504-243-9800
e-mail: [email protected]


LIFE GUARD INTERNATIONAL, INC

Las Vegas, NV
866-SKY-LIFE (866-759-5433
e-mail: [email protected]


MedAire

Phoenix, AZ
602-452-4300


MED ESCORT INTERNATIONAL INC.

Allentown, PA
800-255-7182 / 610-791-3111


MEDEX ASSISTANCE CORPORATION

Timonium, MD
888-MEDEX-00 / 410-453-6300 (call collect)
(Also provides travel insurance services.)


MEDJET ASSISTANCE

Birmingham, AL
1-800-963-3538


MEDJET INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Birmingham, AL
800-356-2161 / 205-592-4460


MEDWAY AIR AMBULANCE

Lawrenceville, GA
800-233-0655


MERCY MEDICAL AIRLIFT

Manassas, VA
800-296-1217
(Service area: Caribbean and part of Canada only. If necessary, will meet commercial incoming patients at JFK, Miami and other airports.)

NATIONAL AIR AMBULANCE

Ft. Lauderdale, FL
800-327-3710 / 305-525-5538


SMARTRAVEL

Alexandria, VA
800-730-3170 / 703-379-8645
Provides a range of travel medicine services.


TRAVEL CARE INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Eagle River, WI
800-524-7633 / 715-479-8881


TRAVELERS EMERGENCY NETWORK

Tierra Verde, FL
800-ASK-4-TEN
e-mail: [email protected]


Foreign-based Companies


AEA INTERNATIONAL

Singapore
U.S. Phone: 800-468-5232
Service worldwide, also provides travel insurance services


AUSTRIAN AIR AMBULANCE

Vienna, Austria
43-1-40-144


EURO-FLITE LTD.

Helsinki International Airport
Vantaa, Finland
358-9-870-2544


EUROPASSISTANCE

Johannesburg, South Africa
27-11-315-3999


GERMAN AIR RESCUE (DRF)

Filderstadt, Germany
49-0711-7007-0
e-mail: [email protected]


MEDIC'AIR

Paris, France
331-41-72-14-14


LUXEMBOURG AIR RESCUE

Luxembourg
352-420-440-1
e-mail: [email protected]


TYROL AIR AMBULANCE

Innsbruck, Austria
43-512-22422


TRAVEL INSURANCE COMPANIES


U.S-based Companies

ACCESS AMERICA, INC.

Richmond, VA
866-807-3982


AIGAssist

American International Group, Inc.
New York, NY
800-382-6986


ASA, INC.

International Health Insurance
Phoenix, AZ
888-ASA-8288


AXA ASSISTANCE

Bethesda, MD
301-214-8200


CLEMENTS INTERNATIONAL

Washington, DC
800-872-0067 / 202-872-0060
http://www.clements.com
e-mail: [email protected]


CSA TRAVEL PROTECTION

San Diego, CA
888-873-5485
http://www.csatravelprotection.com


GATEWAY

Seabury & Smith
Washington, DC
800-282-4495 / 202-457-7707
e-mail: [email protected]


HEALTH CARE GLOBAL

(also known as MEDHELP or WALLACH & COMPANY or HEALTHCARE ABROAD)

Middleburg, VA
800-237-6615 / 540-687-3166


HIGHWAY TO HEALTH

Fairfax, VA
703-322-1515
(Also provides destination-based travel health information for cities worldwide.)


INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GROUP (IMG)

Indianapolis, IN
800-628-4664 / 317-655-4500

MULTINATIONAL UNDERWRITERS, INC.

Indianapolis, IN
800-605-2282
e-mail: [email protected]


MUTUAL OF OMAHA

Tele-Trip Company
Omaha, NE
800-228-9792


PETERSEN INTERNATIONAL UNDERWRITERS, INC.

Valencia, CA
800-345-8816
e-mail: [email protected]


TRAVELEX

Omaha, NE
800-228-9792


TRAVEL GUARD

Stevens Point, WI
800-826-4919


TRAVEL BCINSURED INTERNATIONAL

E. Hartford, CT
800-243-3174


TRAVEL INSURANCE SERVICES

InterMedical Division
Walnut Creek, CA
800-937-1387/925-932-1387


TRIPGUARD PLUS

Northridge, CA
800-423-3632

UNICARD TRAVEL ASSOCIATION

Overland Park, KS
800-501-0352


UNIVERSAL SERVICE AND ASSISTANCE

Alexandria, VA
800-770-9111 / 703-370-7800


WORLDWIDE ASSISTANCE

Washington, DC
800-777-8710 ext. 417


Foreign-Based Companies

INTEGRA GLOBAL

Hallein, Austria
43-6245-71303
e-mail: [email protected]




EXECUTIVE MEDICAL SERVICES

AMERICAN MEDICAL CENTERS

Moscow, Russia
Offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Prague, Warsaw, Istanbul
(7-095) 933-77-00 (Moscow)


HEALTH QUEST TRAVEL INC.

Wexford, PA
888-899-3633
e-mail: [email protected]


WORLD CLINIC

Burlington, MA
800-636-9186