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Emergencies

What should I do if I become ill or am injured?

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your Ohio State resident director or host institution coordinator immediately. If you are unable to reach these individuals and your medical condition requires immediate attention, go to the nearest hospital or medical facility.

What if I don't know where to go to seek medical care?

From outside the U.S., you should call GeoBlue collect +1-610-254-8771. Within the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-257-4823.

Referrals: GeoBlue will provide special assistance in locating the nearest, most appropriate medical care.

Translators: In the event of an emergency, GeoBlue will provide translation services and referrals to local interpreters as necessary.

If I am hospitalized and have a large bill, what should I do?

If you are hospitalized, GeoBlue may be able to coordinate hospital payment guarantees. Call GeoBlue as soon as possible after you are admitted to the hospital to discuss payment options.

Non-medical emergencies are situations that do not involve injury, illness or urgent medical attention, but such circumstances still need to be resolved promptly. In the event of a non-medical emergency, follow the emergency contact guidelines listed below. In some cases, it may be necessary to file a police report with local authorities, particularly if you are assaulted or robbed. If your passport is lost or stolen, you will need to report it to the U.S. consulate in your host country as soon as possible. If your credit/debit cards are lost or stolen, you should immediately contact the bank or financial institution that issued the cards.