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Saturday, January 17, 2009


We like to think that no medical problems will rear their ugly heads while we’re traveling internationally. But that’s not always the case, and it’s good to travel prepared. In addition to the benefits in your travel insurance package (and I highly recommend having one of these policies; Rob and I use Travel Guard), look into IAMAT—International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers—a non-profit organization founded in 1960. Free membership (although they ask for a tax-deductible contribution) includes several immediate benefits, the best being a directory of reputable, English-speaking doctors in countries around the world. Your symptoms you describe will be understood; his instructions to you will be clear. Additionally, your doctor will have received training in North America or Europe.

Explore the website. IAMAT is recommended by travel mavens like Arthur Frommer—and by practical third-agers like myself.

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