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You have no [[Insurance]], or are abroad and not covered, or you don't have your card with you, so what do you do?
 
You have no [[Insurance]], or are abroad and not covered, or you don't have your card with you, so what do you do?
 
* ''trickery: switch the card with someone else''
 
* ''trickery: switch the card with someone else''
* you need to go to a free / cheap place.
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* '''''you need to go to a free / cheap place.'''''
  
 
The intention of this document:
 
The intention of this document:
* '''Have a map of places to navigate and get medical assistance when needed'''
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* '''''Have a map of places to navigate and get medical assistance when needed'''''
 
* Where to get checks and how to stay healthy?
 
* Where to get checks and how to stay healthy?
  
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=== Local / Stories ===
 
=== Local / Stories ===
* Slovenia: a basic visit to the doctor is 5€, a basic specialist visit. ER is free.
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* Slovenia: ER is free
 
* Netherlands:
 
* Netherlands:
** (Aalkmar hospital)I was rushed to a hospital with an injury threatening my finger. I didn't have my documents with me (including [[EHIC card]]). The doctor sat down with me and explained I need to pay 200€ upfront for him to take a look at it. I found that morbid and went away.
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** (Aalkmar hospital) I was rushed to a hospital with an injury threatening my finger. I didn't have my documents with me (including [[EHIC card]]). The doctor sat down with me and explained I need to pay 200€ upfront for him to take a look at it. I found that morbid and went away.
 
* Spain:
 
* Spain:
 
** have to fill in papers to use the card
 
** have to fill in papers to use the card
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** probably not
 
** probably not
 
** what is covered under ER?
 
** what is covered under ER?
* Some countries have more accessible healthcare for others
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* Some countries have more accessible healthcare than others
 
* We should get better at treating ourselves
 
* We should get better at treating ourselves
  

Revision as of 05:49, 19 January 2014

You have no Insurance, or are abroad and not covered, or you don't have your card with you, so what do you do?

  • trickery: switch the card with someone else
  • you need to go to a free / cheap place.

The intention of this document:

  • Have a map of places to navigate and get medical assistance when needed
  • Where to get checks and how to stay healthy?


Places

Free

Local / Stories

  • Slovenia: ER is free
  • Netherlands:
    • (Aalkmar hospital) I was rushed to a hospital with an injury threatening my finger. I didn't have my documents with me (including EHIC card). The doctor sat down with me and explained I need to pay 200€ upfront for him to take a look at it. I found that morbid and went away.
  • Spain:
    • have to fill in papers to use the card
    • I was surprised to discover all dental care is private. A filling costs 50-70€, and a presupuesto for a root canal treatment was 430€. So I needed to head back to my home country to get free healthcare.
  • UK:
    • Got superb treatment in the UK by NHS (stitches). Got brought to Royal London Hospital by a local and no one wanted to see any documents.


General

  • Emergency treatment is free everywhere in Europe (?)
    • probably not
    • what is covered under ER?
  • Some countries have more accessible healthcare than others
  • We should get better at treating ourselves

Precautions

  • Take care of your problems in your home countries when you're there
  • Have a Basic medical kit with you

Dental care

Dentistry is a big problem:

  • Who would do it pro bono?
  • Where in Europe is it cheapest?
  • EHIC card seems to not cover dentistry. In Spain, all dental care is private.
  • Is DIY dentistry possible?

Self-cure

See Basic medical kit. Nomadbases should probably be better equipped, include a small pharmacy & tried natural remedies.

Feasible DIY medicine

  • first aid
  • stitching, removing stitches


Sources


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