Needing a doctor while abroad can be inconvenient not to mention worrying for travelers who are unfamiliar with the local language.

A new Amárach survey commissioned by Irish online GP service videoDoc shows that one in four Irish Adults have needed to access a GP while on holidays. Furthermore, when abroad, 7% of all Irish adults have at some time been unable to communicate with a GP due to language barriers.

Figures were higher for Millennial travellers aged 25 to 35 where 31% have needed to see a doctor and 11% were unable to communicate with the general practitioner. The survey also revealed that more women than men seek out medical attention while abroad (27% vs 23% respectively).

videoDoc is Ireland’s largest online GP service offering consultations anywhere a patient can access the internet, including when on holidays. By downloading the recently revamped videoDoc app, Irish holiday makers anywhere in the world can have a secure video consultation with a GP in Ireland, 7 days a week, without the need to make an appointment.

Mary O’Brien, videoDoc CEO said “Before we jet off on holidays, Irish people should be aware that they can access an Irish GP service, 7 days a week from anywhere in the world. Additionally, Irish travellers should know, that under the EU directive 2012/52/EU, medical prescriptions obtained through videoDoc can be filled at any local pharmacy in the EU”.

The survey was commissioned to mark the launch of the new videoDoc subscription service.

An annual videoDoc subscription with unlimited consultations and no hidden fees costs €35 for an individual and €110 for a family of four (two adults & two children). The annual subscription covers online videoDoc GP consultations from another country and can save Irish holiday makers from shelling out significant sums on paying the excess on their travel insurance policies. A single videoDoc GP consultation is €20.

All videoDoc GPs are Irish Medical Council registered with at least two years service on the Specialist Register and have been fully trained to provide remote health services.

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