if I have special medical needs?
What if I
need special medicines?
depends on your specific situation. It would be very
important to ask on discussion boards about these issues
and be as specific as you can. (see the jobs and
alternative ID on the boards if you don't want to reveal
your personal information (always a good idea on public
discussion boards anyway). You may be quite surprised
by the responses you get. Not all of us out here are
problem free! Many of us have nagging health problems
or issues that can not just be ignored because we live
more - you will find "international hospitals" in
capital cities and other locations that specifically
cater to special needs and to expatriates. The care is
often excellent and only a fraction of the cost of care
at home. Do a Google search for "international
hospitals" in the country where you are thinking of
going. Usually, they are quite good at responding to
e-mail - send them a note and ask if they have a
specialist to deal with your health issue.
Due to the
high cost of medical care and long waits for certain
kinds of care in some Western countries, a whole new
"Medical Tourism" industry is starting to cater to
foreigners and their needs. Tap into the resource and
see if your needs can be met easily.
often be able to find the medicine that you use at home
far cheaper overseas. Sometimes it is generic medicine,
sometimes it is a local equivalent under a different
name brand, sometimes it is exactly the same thing.
Check with your doctor(s) in your home country about
what might be okay for you. Know in advance that
they won't tend to trust anything overseas as being
"safe". Again, communicate with the international
hospital near where you are interested in going.
on getting medications mailed to you from your home
country. Above and beyond the customs problem - postal
service can be unreliable overseas.
said, the author did - at one time - have one medicine
mailed to him in Thailand. Mailed in small quantities -
no problem. Mailed once in large quantity: BIG
PROBLEM! And, an update, several years later - he
finally found the medicine here. Things change - or
sometimes you find someone with great hunting skills to
find them for you.
Caveat: I'm not a doctor -
but I am careful with my health. I am, after all, on
the high side of my 50s. All the above is just my
opinion. Consult with your personal physician for
any thing more serious than the sniffles.