In the event of a medical emergency, could you trust the medical care you would receive in a third-world country? Could you be safely transported back to the hospital of your choice in the United States?
Medical emergencies overseas happen more often than you’d think. What if an accident or sudden illness landed you in a hospital bed far from home? If you can’t sit in your assigned seat, commercial airlines aren’t obligated to let you board. Your premium credit card may not get you home, and you can’t always count on travel or health insurance.
U.S. Department of State policy dictates that if you become seriously ill, a U.S. consular officer can assist you in locating appropriate medical services, informing family and friends about your medical situation and transferring funds, but payment for medical and other expenses remains the responsibility of the traveler.
The State Department suggests that before going abroad, travelers verify what medical services their health insurance will cover overseas. If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, carry both your insurance policy identity card and a claim form. Although many health insurance companies will pay “customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation-easily $10,000 or more-back to the United States.
The State Department Web site lists medical information resources at www.travel.state.gov/medical.htm. One I have found extremely helpful for the busy traveler is AirMed International LLC. As a critical-care nurse, I am impressed with AirMed’s professionalism, experience and dedication to the patients in its care during transport to the United States. AirMed’s mission is to provide a level of patient care in flight that rivals that of the finest American hospitals. It is the only U.S.-based medical air-transport organization with its own fleet of custom-designed medical jets.
If you’re an AirMed Traveler hospitalized more than 150 miles from where you live, AirMed International’s health-care air transportation team will fly you to a hospital anywhere you choose in a medically equipped jets. With one phone call, AirMed’s expert medical staff will handle your arrangements from hospital bed to hospital bed, including ground ambulance service on both ends and streamlined Customs clearance. AirMed’s specially trained medical teams consist of physicians, ICU nurses and respiratory therapists.
AirMed membership costs $225 a year for an individual, $325 for a family. For more information, call 800 356 2161 or visit www.airmed.aero.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The Rittenhouse has long stood out as one of Philadelphia’s finest hotels, centrally located in one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. Needless to say, I knew I was in for an afternoon of luxurious pampering when I hopped in my car and headed down I-95 from my suburban home to the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. As I drove through the seemingly endless roadwork on the highway, I realized just how long it had been since I’d driven this once-familiar route into the city as a result of the pandemic. Of course I was eager for the relaxation and bliss that was in my future, but it was also a welcome feeling to head back into Philadelphia for a moment of normalcy.
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GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
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Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.