I’m proud to have been interviewed for a TV segment on CBS-affiliate WKMG TV Orlando. The segment also ran twice on local CBS-TV news in New York, as well as other markets. Here’s an excerpt: Having a health advocate to deal with foreign medical care is one of many benefits of travel insurance, because regular health insurance may not …
A serious illness or injury can happen anytime, and travelers, especially to more remote areas, should be sure they are covered for medical evacuation, advises the US Travel Insurance Association. Local hospitals in some parts of the world may be ill-equipped to handle severe trauma or illness, and a sick or injured traveler may need to be evacuated and air lifted to the nearest appropriate medical facility.
Travel insurance offers a wide array of benefits in any number of emergency situations. Yet, many people are willing to gamble with their vacation investment. A survey conducted for the US Travel Insurance Association, for example, revealed that only 22% of Americans — or roughly one out of five –whose travels were impacted by medical conditions, natural disasters and other events, had travel insurance.
Travel insurance is designed to help travelers when the unforeseen happens. According to the US Travel Insurance Association, the most popular travel insurance is referred to as trip cancellation, often sold as a package, or comprehensive plan.
A package – or comprehensive – plan includes three types of coverage in a single policy
Travelers who have to cancel or change their flights because of illness or other emergency may be in for a surprise with the recent increase in airline change fees to $200 or more.
In addition to change fees, fliers may incur airline re-ticketing charges for arrangements purchased through a travel agent or through an online agency. Travelers are also responsible for paying any applicable increases in airfare on re-ticketed flights.
When a traveler has to cancel or change flight arrangements due to illness or other types of emergencies, the airlines are not responsible. So, what does a traveler do?
Each year winter blizzards and sudden snow storms strand thousands of travelers. With winter storms generally not predictable more than a week in advance, travelers need to plan ahead and protect their vacation investment. The US Travel Insurance Association wants travelers to know that they don’t have to spend the night on an airport cot, forfeit an expensive vacation deposit, or foot the entire bill for extra hotel nights because they’re stranded during a storm.
Each year thousands of travelers become seriously ill or injured while traveling, requiring emergency evacuation or other medical transportation assistance. They may be in a remote area where adequate medical care is unavailable, their injury or illness may be so severe that they need specialized care, or they may be unable to return home safely without medical support.
According to the US Travel Insurance Association, most patients requiring medical transport fall into 4 categories