Tips for Getting Medical Care while RVing

Posted on July 11, 2017

When you sell your home to travel the country by RV instead, you say goodbye to many things and hello to many amazing adventures. To ensure that you stay safe and happy during your travels, it's crucial to figure out things like medical care before adopting an RVing lifestyle. Traveling the country in a Class A motorhome, toy hauler or other motorhome is exciting, but it also means losing direct, reliable access to a primary care doctor or clinic. With that being said, thousands of people live exclusively in their RVs and manage just fine. Pick up tips for finding medical care while traveling in motorhomes by reading on below.

Get a Checkup Before Hitting the Road

First, schedule a complete physical with your regular doctor before making your move. This will also give you the opportunity to explain that you are now going to be traveling full time in your diesel RV, gas RV, RUV or other vehicle. During your appointment, find out if you will still be able to remain a patient even if you only see the doctor once or twice per year for checkups and the like. If at all possible, keep your "home-based" doctor and continue seeing them to more easily track your health and well-being.

Rethink Your Insurance

With any luck, you already have health insurance. However, you may need to switch to something different if you're going to live and travel exclusively in a Class A toy hauler, Class C motorhome or other RV. For example, if you have an HMO, you may only have access to a limited network of providers. If so, see about switching to a different type of insurance. Shop the marketplace for your home state to see if any better plans are available. You might not even have to wait for open enrollment since you are technically moving and therefore need new coverage.

Ask Friends

Think about friends and relatives who live around the country. If you are lucky, they are reasonably spaced apart. Check with them to see where they go for medical care. Whenever you are in their area, you can use their recommendations to find the health care services that you need. People who travel in motorhomes and RVs often avail themselves of friends' and relatives' assistance with such matters. At the very least, if you are in a strange area and know someone locally, you can always contact them for help.

Scout Out Urgent Care Clinics

Before settling on a place to park your Class C motorhome for a spell, search for local urgent care clinics. Ideally, you should stay in parks that are within a reasonably close proximity of such services. A hospital may work in a pinch, but then you are limited to going to the ER if you have an issue, which can be expensive and aggravating. At any rate, you don't want to have to scramble around to find medical care when living out of your gas RV, Class A toy hauler or RUV, so locate services beforehand to avoid problems.

Use a Nationwide Pharmacy

If you don't already use a nationwide pharmacy for your prescription medications, now is the time to start. Make sure that all locations are connected via computer so that you don't have to go through the whole process over again whenever you visit a new location. Places like Walmart, Walgreens and CVS are safe bets, but always check the areas where you will be traveling to ensure that you can get your medications when you need them. Also, keep copies of your medical records in your class A motorhome if possible so that you can provide them easily wherever you go.

Finally, check with the motorhome parks where you stay for advice about local medical services. This is often the quickest and easiest way to find reliable care wherever you happen to be. Keep the information in your toy hauler or gas or diesel RV so that you know how to access it if and when it is needed. Also, stock your motorhome with over-the-counter medications for things like colds, headaches and indigestion so that you don't have to search for them when you need them. By keeping these tips in mind, you should be able to stay healthy and happy no matter where your RVing adventures take you.

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