International Moving Guide: How to Help Your Health Internationally


Your health is one aspect of moving internationally that cannot be overlooked. Your country of destination may have a very different health care system than the one you are used to. Before you leave you should find out if your health insurance covers you in your new country. You may need to move to a new provider. Here are a couple additional things to consider.
  1. Vaccinations: There may be necessary vaccinations or immunizations required before moving to certain destinations. Check with your doctor or contact the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention to obtain information on vaccinations.

  2. Medications: Your prescription medication may not be sold in your country of destination, or it may be sold by a different name. You should bring a supply of your medication with you in order to give yourself enough time to see a local doctor and obtain a new prescription.

  3. Hospitals: Make sure to locate the nearest hospital and seek out an English-speaking doctor. You may be moving to a country where English is not the first or even second language spoken. Being able to fully communicate with your doctor is of the utmost importance for you and your family.

  4. Medical records: You should bring a copy of your medical records to your new country. If you are moving to a country where English is not prevalent, you may want to find a translation service in your new country that can translate your most important records into the language of your new country.

Do not put off locating the nearest hospitals and emergency rooms. Make sure to familiarize yourself with emergency contact numbers. 9-1-1 is not the international distress number. Knowing the emergency procedures in your destination country will help you feel more relaxed in your new home.