Many young people decide to take a gap year in order to experience new cultures and ways of life and get a break away from their studies. However, it is important to fully research what you need to do in the unfortunate event that an accident occurs abroad. Here, Accident Advice Helpline publishes a handy guide to emergency medication on your gap year.
Research your destination before travelling
It is important to know how the medical system works in a country that you wish to travel to. In Britain we are fortunate to have the NHS and prescription costs are relatively cheap and free in some regions. Many countries do not have a fully comprehensive medical system akin to the NHS and the costs may be much higher. It is important to know this in advance, in the event that you are left with an unexpectedly high medical bill which could have serious repercussions for your health and your travels abroad. It is also important to know that in some countries what is normally sold as over-the-counter medication in Britain may require a doctor’s prescription.
Having the right insurance
It is essential to get proper insurance before embarking on any travel. Shop around and find the best deal for your travel insurance. If you are travelling within the EU, you will still need adequate travel insurance, however, bring your EHIC with you as this will entitle you to get free or reduced-cost medical treatment.
Lost in translation
The age of the smart phone is an endless wonder. Many apps are available in order to help you translate what you need to say. Find out the translations for words such as pharmacy and doctor as well as the names of any medication that you may require, as some countries may have a different name for different types of medication or may have an equivalent. If it all possible, try and find an English-speaking doctor or pharmacist who will be able to assist you.
Remember, if you suffer an accident in your gap year, even if it is outside of the UK and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline is on hand 24/7 to help. We have years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including accidents on holiday. You could be entitled to claim compensation. All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win-no-fee* basis and you will be under no obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed with one of our friendly, professional advisors.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice