1. Prioritise your health
Your health (and that of your family) should be one of your first priorities. If you don’t know where to start, speak to your current doctor: arrange an appointment, explain your situation and let them know when you intend to leave.
Then you can use the opportunity to discuss:
- Outstanding appointments
- How to transfer your medical documentation to a new doctor
- Alternative names for current prescriptions (including Latin names)
- Any vaccinations you may need for your new destination
We also recommend that you find out where your nearest medical facilities will be. You can find you new 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 as once you’ve moved you probably won’t be entitled to any state health cover in your home country. 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 and once you’ve arrived. They also give 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.