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Why You Need Travelers Medical Insurance

By Edited Jul 26, 2015 0 0

Travelers medical insurance is becoming one of the most essential investments you can make before your next trip overseas.  The travel industry has taken a nose dive and with the ever-increasing threat of terrorism abroad, it  could be an excellent item to have on your next trip.

Nowadays you have to take into account that a trip could get cancelled or that you might have to come home early. What if you fell ill suddenly while you were abroad, who would you call? Would you even be in a place to receive the local medical care system if you were in a car wreck?  Travel medical insurance will cover you including any cancellation costs and your lost luggage.

Travelers medical insurance works differently from health care insurance. Health care insurance is paid yearly and you are covered for a the year, with travelers medical insurance you are covered for one trip only. These travel insurance policies are purchased one time and are a good idea for those who take one main trip overseas or for those who just want to get away from their daily routine.

For those people who travel quite often there is a policy for multi-trip travelers medical insurance. It will cover any medical expenses for all your trips for a specific time frame and depending on what your travel needs are. Choose the right policy for you to decrease the financial risks of traveling to a foreign country abroad.

Many people are under the impression that trip cancellation coverage is the only part of travel insurance, however the medical part of it may be far more essential. This extra coverage will be especially beneficial if your current health plan does not cover medical benefits outside your own country. The Department of Foreign Affairs highly recommend that people purchase travelers medical insurance when going abroad.

Find out from your insurance company whether you will be covered for medical services when abroad before you leave. If you are covered for emergency medical care and any medical transportation costs you do not need to buy a travelers medical insurance. For those who have an HMO or managed care plan or if your own health care policy does not cover expenses abroad you will have to purchase medical travelers insurance. More than likely even Medicare will not cover you in a foreign country.

The first thing to do is check with your local health insurance company and find out what it covers. Will they be able to help you if you lose your prescription medication with your luggage? Are they able to find you a good hospital where English is spoken and that the staff treating you can converse in English? Are they willing to cover any evacuations if the local facility is unable to treat you for an illness or if you had an accident?

If they do in fact cover claims from foreign countries, how long before you will be reimbursed for your medical expenses? You may want to also find out how easy or difficult it might be to file a claim. Once you have all this information you will know which coverage you will need for your travelers medical insurance.

If you are a frequent traveler or will be overseas for several years you will be required to purchase an international medical insurance policy which is designed specifically for expatriates and citizens of the world who travel often.  There are plenty of global insurance companies that offer medical, disability, travelers and life insurance for frequent travelers. The coverage offered will vary from company to company and from policy to policy, so be sure to carefully review all the fine print before accepting the terms. It is always a good idea to check and see if the insurance company is regulated by its national laws and insurance regulations.

Travelers medical insurance is a way to safeguard yourself especially in the world today where just about anything can happen anywhere. This insurance can not only protect you but your family too along with some finances. In addition you will have peace of mind while enjoying your trip overseas be it personal or business.



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