1. Prioritise your health
With an ever growing to-do list, it’s important you don’t forget to think about your health (and that of your family). But what do you need to prepare for? If you’re unsure, then your doctor is a great place to start. Arrange an appointment where you can explain your situation and let them know when you intend to leave.
Then you can use the opportunity to discuss things like:
- How to transfer your medical documentation to a new doctor in your new location.
- Any prescriptions you might need, and how to access them in another country.
- Alternative names for current prescriptions, and different brand names of over-the-counter drugs (including Latin names).
- Translating your medical history into another language, as this could help avoid any unnecessary tests in the future.
- Any vaccinations you may need for your new destination – they’re often required well in advance, and are usually quick and easy to have. It’s a good idea to do the same for your kids too.
For the latest information on vaccinations, check the World Health Organisation.
It’s also worth finding out where your nearest medical facilities will be, just in case you need them. You can find your local hospitals and emergency treatment centres online. And when you arrive, you’ll need to register with a new doctor and dentist.
It would also be wise to explore your health insurance options, and what is and isn’t covered, as once you’ve moved you may not be entitled to any state health cover. Depending on your plans, you might want to look at expatriate health cover – you can set it up anytime so it can cover you both before you go, like for any vaccinations you need, as well as once you’ve arrived. It also gives you the option to have treatment back in your home country and will often include emergency treatment options which might not be available on local plans.