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Pre-travel health screening is a medical examination that is performed when an individual is about to leave for a trip. While this is only an additional precaution for most, there are some cases wherein it is a requirement.

Becoming ill while posted overseas or on a business trip can be an uncomfortable and frightening experience. It could make you so frustratingly and unproductive. Some of these illnesses experienced by expats and business travellers could be foreseen or possibly prevented if health screening had been undertaken before travel.

Who should undergo PHS

  1. Pregnant women
  2. Paediatric patients, especially infants and toddlers
  3. Patients suffering from chronic medical illnesses, such as:
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  1. Patients who have existing allergies
  2. Patients who recently underwent surgery
  3. Patients who usually experience travel-related symptoms, such as:

Benefits of Pretravel Health Screening

  1. Pretravel Health screening can help to identify new and pre-existing illnesses as well as those an individual may be at higher risk of developing soon.
  2. Pretravel health screening enables companies to identify trends across the organisation and manage them proactively.
  3. According to Sarah Dennis, head of international for The Health Insurance Group said; “Employers should make far greater use of health screening before sending staff overseas as it protects both the individual and the company and can help to manage costs.”

Source: NCBI

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