Top 10 Health Friendly Countries
Here’s a list of the top 10 health friendly countries that you can visit safely. These countries boast of pure environments, the best public transportation, great health facilities and the cleanest possible waters. Note, however, that travelling to different environments and climates abroad means exposing yourself to disease and health risks. No matter which country you are travelling to, check with your GP for prevalent diseases and get yourself vaccinated before you leave.
• Dial 112 for emergency medical services while traveling anywhere in Europe
• Check with your local general physician for vaccinations if any for your target country. Also, purchase all the medications you’ll need before setting out on your travel.
• Check both the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization for information on disease outbreaks, vaccinations and travel rules in different countries.
Iceland’s health and wellness programs ensure that it is the top healthiest travel destination to head to. It’s best to travel to Iceland during the summer months. During winter, Iceland is almost permanently dark and the freezing weather conditions are not suitable for travel.
The health facilities are good but might be expensive, in case you fall sick and need medical attention. The Iceland government recommends that you should sign up for comprehensive medical and travel insurance before travelling to this country.
Switzerland is well known for its green planet and environmental efforts. An extremely popular tourist destination, Switzerland is also travel safe in terms of health. Before visiting Switzerland, sign up for a comprehensive medical and travel insurance. Note that traveling in Alpine conditions can be hazardous. Make sure your insurance covers winter mountain activities.
Sweden prides itself on its clean environment, clean energy sources, efficient public transportation and excellent health care. Traveling to Sweden can be a great pleasure if you take care that you are well covered for health emergencies.
Swedish health care facilities are very good and most of the staff communicates in English. Almost all medical staff will speak English. Note that pharmacies are closed half day and Saturdays and do not open on Sundays. You’ll have to obtain emergency prescriptions at hospitals. Emergency services might not be available in remote areas.
The diseases that are common in Sweden are tick-borne encephalitis, especially during the summer months in coastal areas. Sweden also has a high HIV positive population score. While this should not impede your travel health, you must exercise care and ensure you’re not exposed to HIV.
Norway, known for its great and pristine natural beauty and fjords is a favorite destination for both European and non-European travelers. As per the EEA Regulation terms, travelers to Norway can obtain free emergency treatment. Check with the Norwegian Food Control Authority about what you should eat while in Norway.
Close to 0.1% of all Norwegian adults is HIV positive. Ensure that you take precautions not to be exposed to HIV. Check with your GP for appropriate vaccinations if any before leaving for Norway.
Belgium provides high-quality medical facilities to residents and travelers. Belgium has large university hospitals that are capable of handling any medical emergency. Hospitals in most areas, especially in Brussels and Flanders have staff that speaks good English. You can obtain a list of English-speaking doctors from the Embassy’s Consular Section. Check the CDC website for information on health precautions and vaccinations you might need to take before traveling to Belgium.
Ireland contains highly skilled doctors and excellent medical facilities. However, the demand is high and there are long waiting lists for hospital admissions for non-life-threatening medical conditions. It is advised that you carry all the medications you require on a regular basis when you visit Ireland. Even though you can buy your required medicines here, you may not be able to get the same brands you’re used to. You may even be directed to get a prescription in Ireland for medications that you used to buy over the counter in the US.
Finland has excellent medical services and staff; emergency services are easily available. English is the main language of communication. You can use your credit card to pay for medical services at any public or private hospital in Finland. Major cities have 24-hour service pharmacy, while in other cities, pharmacies are open during regular work hours.
If you require emergency medical assistance while in Finland, you can approach any local medical clinic or center for a full range of emergency services. You can bring your medications into Finland as long as they’re for your personal use. However, once in the country, you won’t be able to import your medications from abroad.
Australia provides excellent medical care for both its citizens and for travelers. Australia promotes tourism in a big way and ensuring traveler comfort is very important to the Australian government. However, note that any serious hospitalizations or medical evacuation to the US can cost many thousands of dollars. You must take out adequate travel insurance. Note that most physicians and hospitals will expect immediate payment for services.
Austria has several hospitals where you can obtain medical care while traveling. Public health conditions and community sanitation are commendable. The prevalence of common diseases is the same in Austria as in the US and other major cities of Western Europe. Air pollution is low as well. Note, however, that you won’t be able to use your American medical insurance here; you’ll have to pay the bill locally and then obtain a refund from your insurance company. However, you can carry medicines in your personal luggage, but only the quantities prescribed by your doctor. You can receive medications via mail for your personal use, though the quantity should not exceed three packages.
Denmark provides excellent medical facilities for the traveler. You might find medical services a little limited in the Faroe Islands and Greenland though. Emergency medical treatment is free of charge. However, hospitals can charge you for follow-up care. Denmark has many fully equipped and very modern hospitals, especially in Odense, Aarhus and Copenhagen.
This post was submitted by John.