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By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Health-related emergencies are a looming fear for anyone in a foreign country, and when they do happen, they can cause massive distress. A foreign health care system is new and can be difficult to navigate when away from home, with the doctors and dentists you are familiar with often thousands of miles away.

Also, no matter how fluent you may be in the local language, there is nothing like speaking your native tongue under the stress of an emergency.

If the city in question is Rio de Janeiro, however . . .

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