Healthy Edition: Travel Services to the Rescue

All Travel Safety September 21, 2016

Hey, everyone. With a little under a month to go until the Marathon, my training regimen is in full swing. Luckily, no injuries so far. But, on the home front, there was an issue that gave me and my family quite a scare.

My daughter is an avid athlete who, like me, dedicates a good amount of her time to exercise, setting goals and achieving them (and of course, I couldn’t be more proud). Early this week, she headed up to the Philadelphia area for a cross-country meet with school. Normally my wife or I would have been there to cheer her on, but I was out-of-town for business and my wife was home with my son. Sure enough, we got a call; she may have sprained her ankle in a race-injury.

Our first instincts as parents was to rush out there, but it would have been hours before my wife could have gotten there to help, far too long to leave my daughter in pain. So, I called Ultimate Health.

Remember, Ultimate Health isn’t just a healthcare reimbursement plan. It comes with emergency travel and medical services that can seriously save the day when you need help in an unfamiliar setting. The services range from lost passport and prescription replacement to fully paid medical air evacuation. In this particular instance, we used the services to find a great urgent care facility that our daughter could go to and get her ankle checked out.

My wife and I aren’t familiar with Philadelphia, and while it’s easy to say any urgent care provider is better than no urgent care provider in a dire situation like this, it’s important to remember that the level of care you receive can impact how quickly you heal, your course of treatment and your peace of mind.

We wanted our daughter to receive the best care possible, so we turned to Ultimate Health’s travel program to connect us with an urgent care provider that we knew would be able to take care of her. Ultimate Health even helped her make arrangements to get there, since the meet was outside of the city, and transferred over some medical records from a previous ankle injury.

Luckily, her injury didn’t turn out to be as bad as her coach originally thought, and it should only sideline her for a couple of weeks. She was prescribed pain meds to help her get through the worst of it. Once again, Ultimate Health came to the rescue with its swipe-and-go prescription Visa® card. It lets you pay for your prescriptions right at the pharmacy, so you get instant reimbursement. You can request additional cards for dependents that are away from home or traveling. I’m glad I did just that.

She’s home now, and at least for the next week or so, I’ll be doing the running for both of us.

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