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Here in Canada, we are fortunate enough to have excellent healthcare and emergency services. If you are in need of emergency medical care, you should be able to find it without too much issue.
Deal With Your Medical Emergency
Here are some of the things you need to do to ensure that you deal with your medical emergency properly.
Treatment – Know Where to Go
This requires a bit of pre-emptive planning, but you need to know where to go when you have a medical emergency. Each one will be slightly different, so knowing where it is best to go can save you a large amount of valuable time. The sooner you can get to the right treatment facility, the sooner you will be seen and your emergency will be taken care of.
For example, if it is a medical emergency that is not too serious, you might want to head to an Urgent Care Centre instead of a hospital emergency room. The wait times might be shorter, and the staff at an Urgent Care Centre can take care of anything from an infection to a broken bone. Anything more serious, you should head to the emergency room instead. If you are in need of urgent dental care, you should seek out an emergency dentist instead of one of the above options.
Recovery – Follow the Professional Advice
You could have gone to the emergency room and been admitted to the hospital, visited a Calgary emergency dentist to get to the bottom of your pain, or even swung by the Urgent Care Centre to get a burn seen to. Whatever the reason might be, you need to make sure that you now follow the professional advice given to you for recovery.
Medical emergencies can be traumatic in the moment, and can require a lot of healing. Whether you have to attend physio, finish a course of antibiotics or other medicine, or even just commit to small changes like a daily walk, you need to stick to what the professionals tell you to do during recovery.
Insurance – Know How to Claim
To be entitled to insurance claims, you must make sure that you are correctly insured. In Calgary, this means that you need to be under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. This will also entitle you to healthcare in other provinces if you fall ill when you travel.
The AHCIP covers a wide range of medical services, though you may have to separately pay a fee for an ambulance if you got one. Some dentistry is also not covered wholly by the AHCIP. Your healthcare provider and the AHCIP office will be able to inform you more about any costs that you will have to pay.
In both Alberta and wider Canada, we are fortunate to have affordable healthcare that is covered mostly by insurance. However, that does not mean that you can be complacent. Take the time to establish what to do in a medical emergency, so you know how to act if you do have to face one.