Just as accidents happen while in Canada or in the U.S. that might land you in the emergency room, there’s always a chance that you or someone in your travel party may need medical attention while in Mexico. Things happen, but they aren’t a crisis unless you’re totally unprepared. That’s why we offer the following medical tips that will help you prepare for medical emergencies before you travel to Mexico.
1. Know how to ask for help. In Mexico, most locals speak Spanish and quite a few are fluent in English. Don’t take chances when you need help. Minimally, learn the Spanish words for “help” (ayuda), “Please help us” (ayœdenos por favor), and “fire” (fuego). Words such as “doctor”, “police”, “emergency”, and “hospital” are similar in sound.
2. Identify which hospitals are best for your Mexican insurance. Depending on your health insurance policy, you may receive protection for your illnesses and injuries experienced in Mexico. Before you travel, call your Canadian or U.S. health insurance company and simply ask what is covered, whether or not you need to go to a specific hospital for the coverage (based on your travel plans), and what will be needed in the form of documentation if an emergency arises.
3. If you get into an auto accident, the better Mexico auto insurance policies provide Medical Payments protection for you and your passengers. Medical payments help pay doctor’s and hospital bills. As all Mexico auto insurance policies are a la carte, some policies will not afford this protection. US and Canadian car insurance are invalid in Mexico. All Mexican Insurance by MexicanInsuranceStore.com come with medical payments coverage included.
4. Pack the Pepto. Foreign foods and spices can wreck havoc on your system way faster than they do back home. Whenever you travel be sure to pack a few essential items to get you through diarrhea, upset stomach, gas, etc. along with aspirin and items for sore muscles. Depending on how accustomed your body is to the Mexico experience, you may need more or less of these items. Bug sprain and a first aid kit that’s fully stocked should get you through most non-emergencies. Call a doctor if you experience symptoms for more than 24 hours. MexicanInsuranceStore.com offers help for severe illness.
Remember, vacations are made to be enjoyed, not endured. Adventurous types should plan for breaks and bruises, conservatives should prep for upset tummies and headaches. All in all, no one is immune to illness when you travel, so be prepared.