Indians traveling abroad: Advice physicians can give to their patients

Airplane-travel Foreign travel has become common among Indians. Documents needed for travel differ from one country to another, but these are usually well known and followed, since entry to a foreign country is virtually impossible without complying with all of the rules and regulations.

People from India may visit for business or as tourists, and these trips are usually for short periods lasting no more than a week or two. Except for emergencies, these individuals seldom need any medical attention while away from home. Our concern is for individuals who come to stay with their children, other relatives, or friends, usually for several months. New medical problems or exacerbation of their existing condition(s) do raise concerns about their appropriate and timely medical care, in a place where the physician is not totally familiar with the patient’s medical condition....

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