Gaps in basic knowledge about their health could mean that expatriates are putting themselves at risk, according to research from Aviva.
The study reveals that many lack essential knowledge about their own health. Medical records are not automatically transferred overseas.
- 69% do not know their blood pressure
- 63% do not know their blood group
- 50% either not up to date with their tetanus/diphtheria vaccinations, or do not know whether they are up to date with their injections
- 18 % of women do not know when they had their last smear test
- 35% struggle to remember their medical history when they've changed GP as a result of a house move
Aviva has produced My Health Passport available in two formats- a short downloadable version to capture useful information such as personal details, blood group, illnesses and GP and insurance provider contact details, and a printed booklet to capture more comprehensive health information. This includes details relating to screenings, vaccinations, operations and wellness checks.
Teresa Rogers at Aviva says, "Moving overseas can be stressful, particularly if you are being sent on an overseas assignment for work. With so much to remember, sometimes people neglect one of the most important things - their health. When people require medical care while abroad, medical records are not easily accessible. Easy access to personal health information can be vital, particularly in a medical emergency situation or when visiting a GP or pharmacist abroad."