When you travel abroad as a tourist, business traveller, exchange student or regular cross-border commuter, you may find yourself in need of using healthcare services (physician, hospital, healthcare centre or pharmacist) abroad. It is often for sudden or unexpected health problems that require urgent or even emergency healthcare. Therefore, it is important to be informed about the existing cross-border health services.
In addition to the obvious language barriers you may face, without your documented medical history (medical reports, vaccination records, laboratory results, etc.) the health professional attending you may also have difficulties in determining the correct treatment for you. This in turn may have a negative effect on the quality of your healthcare treatment. There is now a cross-border electronic healthcare record system (including Patient Summaries) to help eliminate these problems and greatly improve the quality of healthcare abroad. Together with electronic Prescriptions (ePrescriptions) such a system also allows you to have prescriptions dispensed abroad, so that you will not have to worry about running out of essential medication, even if you are away from your home country for a longer period of time.