6 Healthcare Travel Tips to Share with Your Employees
The holiday season is coming and probably one of the last things on your employees’ minds is planning ahead for their healthcare before they begin their travels. This is your opportunity to send out a few reminders to peak their interest in thinking about a few important topics.
When traveling for the holidays, or any other time of year, your employees should consider the following healthcare travel tips:
1. Make sure you have your (and your family’s) prescription medicines.
You need to remember to pack them, but also make sure you have enough for your trip. This will save you time from refilling a prescription on your vacation. If you discover you only have enough to get you through the first few days, refill it before you leave. If it’s too early for a refill, call your doctor for your prescription so you can fill it at a pharmacy near your vacation spot. Aren’t traveling? Pharmacies are often closed on the holidays, so you should still verify you have enough medicine to cover your needs. Recommending employess ask for 90-day refills rather than 30-days is another great reminder this time of year. There can be some savings in longer-term prescription refills.
Bonus healthcare travel tip: And if you use prescription contact lenses, you should also ensure you have enough of those to get by.
2. Research in-network providers before you travel.
If you know where you’ll be staying on your trip, do some reconnaissance so you’re prepared for unexpected issues. Research the nearest clinic, pharmacy, urgent care and ER and verify if they are in-network. If you have any questions about what’s covered, you can contact your insurance provider.
3. Carry your health insurance information with you.
To avoid any delays, it’s important to have your health insurance card with you—either a physical copy, photo, or a digital copy on your health insurer’s app. You should also have your dental insurance, vision insurance and prescription card if available. If you plan to use your health insurer’s website or app, verify that you remember the username and password to gain access.
4. Keep important medicines and documents with you.
If you use a prescription medicine, carry it on a plane so you know you’ll have it when you land. Otherwise, you might be in trouble if your checked bags are lost.
5. Pack additional healthcare travel essentials.
Some people remember their prescriptions but forget other over-the-counter medicines or first aid kits. Make sure you pack a first aid kit for emergencies (especially in your car) and if you or someone in your family get motion sickness consider some extra medicine for them.
If you’ll be far from pharmacies or grocery stores, you may want to pack additional supplies for cough, fever or other common ailments.
6. Learn what you need to do if traveling to another country.
If you’re traveling outside the U.S., make sure you check with your doctor if there are vaccinations or medicine you’ll need to take for your trip. In addition, don’t forget to make sure you have your prescriptions refilled since they may not be covered or available abroad.
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