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RELOCATION: Short Distance Corporate Moves: Challenges & Considerations

A misconception obviously exists among many companies that short distance moves mean shorter planning, shorter policies and ultimately, less time involved. When in truth, short distance moves can be just as unpredictable and time consuming as long distance moves.

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How to stay healthy working abroad?

Most of our candidates who got job offers to work abroad are very thrilled with the opportunity. Often time before departure is shorter than they think. 2 years away from home need to be prepared, family and administrative affairs needs to get settled.

I do not know why but despite our warnings and recommendation the most important consideration gets regularly forgotten namely the health care aspects of working abroad. Yes you enjoy health insurance coverage abroad but what does this help you when doctors and hospitals have to start from zero in the case of emergency. They do not know you and your medical history. They do not know what medication works with you.

That is why below tips will help you to get better prepared not only for the nice things in another country but also for a better chance to stay and if necessary to get faster healthy abroad.

1. Get copies of your doctor records

Get copies of the doctor records about you. Take smartphone pictures from the records if you cannot get copies. Also pictures of x-rays and other test results will help you enormously with your new doctors abroad.

2. Prepare a list of your prior illnesses in English

Doctors are regularly asking you when you visit them the first time many specific questions about prior illnesses and medications. Preparing a short list of when you had what illness with which treatment by whom will help here wonders. You are not only making your life easier at the doctor visit but you are also improving the quality of the medical treatment by allowing your doctor better information about you and your medical history.

3. Check availability of medicine

You cannot take 2 years of medical supplies with you abroad. You can get into real trouble at the customs for smuggling not allowed substances into your new guest country.

So if you take regularly medicine it will be most important for you to check before you depart abroad on the availability of your preferred drugs. In most countries medicines are only available on a prescription basis. Many medicines from your home country will be not available at all or at extra ordinary price tags.

Even if your preferred and most trusted medicine is available abroad it does not mean that the same brand and supplier represents the identical medical content. The safest way would be to contact the medicine producer to get advice in this question.

4. Change medicine when you are still at home

Lets say you found out that your preferred medicine is not available in your new host country and that you have to change medication to another drug. You want to try this experiment only under the control of your home country doctor who knows you and your medical conditions.

5. Time change in taking your drugs

When you move between time zones you will need to adopt your medical treatment time plan carefully. Please contact your home doctor in advance and plan this adoption plan.

6. Do not stop treatment

You feel great in your new host country with an exciting job and new colleagues and friends. You feel so great that you forget your medical conditions and the reasons why you were taking medicines in the first place. So you decide to stop with your medication without doctor consultation and control. DO NOT DO THAT! Feeling great and being healthy are not necessarily the same.

Please stay healthy at your work abroad experience and enjoy your life and the excitement abroad without taking chances on your health.

I am not a medical professional and would very appreciate comments to above tips to stay healthy abroad from people who should know best.

Source: Stefan Lilienkamp post via LinkedIn - GAI




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