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Health crisis during a vacation getaway: How a dream trip can turn into a nightmare

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A “getaway” vacation home may help people escape the hustle and bustle of busy lives and nonstop routines — but when it comes to a sudden medical emergency or health condition requiring immediate treatment, what happens when access to adequate health care is limited or difficult at the getaway home?

Then what?

Judy Meringer lives on Shelter Island in New York. It’s a small island that offers a rural peaceful retreat — and its population is just over 3,200 people, according to the 2020 census.  

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Tucked between the two forks of Long Island, the island is a vacation destination (as well as home) for scores of people. It’s a roughly two-to-three-hour drive from New York City.

Some residents such as Meringer who either live or vacation in a small community such as this indicated they have a major health care dilemma on their hands: How do they get access to medical help in a timely manner, especially when there’s a lack of specialists available in their area? 

In an interview, Meringer told Fox News Digital that she has to wait months to see one of her specialists because the doctor’s satellite office…

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