Every overlander likes to think they’re prepared for unexpected medical scenarios. The truth is, in the grander scale of things, many of us have little more than an elaborate bag of bandaids at our immediate disposal. For those of us traveling far outside the reach of our usual healthcare resources, international medical services are an important component to trip planning. There are a handful of upper echelon services to chose from, but Global Rescue is without question the industry standard.
Global Rescue was founded in partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine, providing them with the most advanced medical resources in the world. Their extensive personnel and equipment assets give them an impressive reach and their book of services extends well beyond just injury response. If you are ill and simply need medical advice, their team of physicians are available around the clock and can even offer translation services. If you need to locate world-class medical facilities, they can help you find them. If you require transportation to a facility of your choosing, or to one of the hospitals that meet Global Rescue’s high standards, they’ll get you there. Even if you need evacuation from a remote location, anywhere in the world, they have the resources to come to your rescue. Once the call is received, they can have aircraft on-route in as little as 90 minutes. Their advanced aircraft are staffed with medical experts trained to respond to any scenario, in any part of the world.
Travelers today also have to worry about more than just injury and illness. With our rapidly shifting geopolitical landscape, many travelers find themselves in the wrong place at the worst time possible. Global Rescue’s security services can provide travelers with up to date travel intelligence relative to expanding war zones, rapid increases in crime, or other threats. If you have to be extracted from a troubled and unsafe corner of the globe, their security teams can have you homeward bound, or relocated to a safe haven, in a matter of hours.
It’s an impressive list of services and the plans are more than reasonably priced. Temporary 7-day plans are as low as $119. A year-long plan for an individual is just $330 with full security coverage available for an additional $300. For a full listing of their services and plans, visit their comprehensive website. www.globalrescue.com
*How do you call in a rescue from a far flung corner of the globe? Our recommendation would be with the Delorme inReach SE.