My husband and I travel relentlessly (lol). We are almost NEVER home!!
If your travels are confined to the United States and/or our territories, you should fist find out where your HMO has affiliate facilities in whatever states you intend to visit. If you are not a member of an HMO, you need to find out what doctor's and hospitals your insurance will cover in the states that you intend to visit. Locate these facilities on a map prior to leaving on your trip. Make sure that your doctor knows of your trip and how you will be traveling. Also, make sure that all of your prescriptions are re-filled (most doctors will allow this even if you are not due for a refill, if you let them know that you are going on vacation!). Always take a copy of your prescriptions and their instructions with you (along with your prescriptions of course. I always take an extra five days of medications when travelling - just in case of delayed or canceled flights, or when I need to adjust my medications for immediate relief, etc.). Map out your itenerary, if you are doing a lot of driving, and map out reasonably priced hotels/motels along the way in the event that you have to stop to rest (this was a Godsend for us when we took a road trip to Canada - when I began to feel as if I could not sit up any longer, we knew where the nearest hotel was, how much further we had to travel to get there, called ahead and just stopped and spent the night so that I could take my medications and rest).
Pack hats and sunglasses and lots of sunscreen and always drink lots of water!! I also kept babywipes with me as well as a battery operated mini misting fan (wow, that was also a lifesaver!).
Here are some tips if you are planning to travel outside of the country: The most important thing that you should do is to determine what your medical insurance coverage's policy is on treatment out of the country. 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. Then, you need to contact several rheumatologists in the country you plan to visit and find out what their policy is for treating Americans with american medical insurance. A U. S. consular officer can assist in locating appropriate medical services.
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.
It is very important for you to establish health care providers prior to going abroad. For detailed information on physicians abroad, the authoritative reference is The 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. What I just learned is that many major credit card companies also can provide the names of local doctors and hospitals abroad.
I hope that this has been helpful!! Perhaps someone else will have some more traveling tips for you!
Peace and Blessings