If you are planning a trip to USA, it is important to purchase visitor health insurance (also called International travel medical insurance) before the trip to ensure your medical expenses in the form of unforeseen medical situations, injuries, or sickness are covered. The following are some of the visitors travel insurance tips that can help you reduce your health expenses and avoid medical situations that commonly occur with parents and relatives visiting USA, especially from India.
Get a physical checkup done before coming to USA
- Even though you may not have any medical condition, it is a good idea to get a physical checkup done and consult your physician before making your trip to USA.
- This will help you discover any medical and pathological condition beforehand, and a doctor's recommendation can help you better prepared for your trip.
Bring enough medicines
- If you are on medication, bring enough supplies.
- You may also want to carry general medicines, pain reliever, fever reducer, etc.
- Cost of physician and medicine can be very high compared to what you could have saved if you had brought your prescribed medicine with you on your trip.
Get an extra pair of eyeglasses
- Don't spend hundreds of dollars for something you can get for much less in your home country. Eyeglasses can be expensive in USA.
- If you wear eyeglasses, bring an extra pair in case you lose or damage the first pair during the trip.
Self monitoring medical tools
- People who are diabetic or have high blood pressure can use self-monitoring tools for taking measurements.
- You may get these from any superstore like WalMart, Walgreens, etc. which cost less and are easy to use.
- You don't want to spend lots of money for preventative readings of your blood sugar or blood pressure on routine basis.
- Do not travel unprepared for the weather. In a big country like USA, the weather depends on what part of the country you are visiting. Do some research beforehand and carry your clothes accordingly.
- Avoid weather-related sickness.
- Getting cold, flu, heat stroke, and allergy is very common if you are not informed and prepared.
Avoid accidents: Get familiar with traffic rules
- Get familiar with road rules.
- Your host should provide a orientation about the general rules for safety.
Avoid accidents: Watch your steps
- Watch your steps, avoid accidents of tripping on sidewalks and curbs.
Avoid accidents: Get familiar with surroundings
- Get familiar with general house hold or surroundings. For example, learn how to operate the hot water faucet, as not knowing how to control hot water in the shower can lead to burns/injury.
- The host must provide this information to their visiting guest.
- Eat good food that is safe for you, to avoid medical situations. For example, a diabetic person should follow their diet menu.
- Eating out very often can lead to many problems for aged parents.
- The host must pay attention and be careful for these things when their parents are visiting them.
Stay physically active
- Stay active. Go for a walk or any physical activity. Remain healthy by adopting a physical and active lifestyle.
- The host should guide their guests and take them for a walk or any other activity, especially if the guests are their parents or relatives.