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Traveler health insurance.

Postby mountainmama » Nov 29th, 2012, 12:56 am

I am hoping that some of you traveler's can steer me onto a reputable life/health insurance company for a senior going to the states for 2 months. He is 70, has had heart problems that are corrected by a pacemaker. He is in better health than he was last year.
I hear so many stories where people think they are insured, but after a health episode in the United States, the insurance company backs out, using wording or other excuses.
Its not about the cost, it is about safe coverage for any situation..accident or whatever. Thank-you in advance.
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Re: Traveler health insurance.

Postby grammafreddy » Nov 29th, 2012, 1:03 am

I always get my extended health through BCAA when I go to the States. Am happy with them.
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Postby WeatherWoman » Nov 29th, 2012, 10:19 am

Call around and explain the situation...there is good chance that he won't get full coverage because he has a medical condition.

I usually buy mine online and shop arround when I needed it (currently covered through work). PC Insurance was the cheapest when we had to purchase the last time.
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Re: Traveler health insurance.

Postby Captain Awesome » Nov 29th, 2012, 5:03 pm

Before you buy anything
- Check your benefits package at work (if you have one) - a lot of companies actually cover it but few people know about it
- Check with Visa/MC, some cards actually provide out of country / out of province insurance coverage
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Re: Traveler health insurance.

Postby Bsuds » Nov 29th, 2012, 5:17 pm

Captain Awesome wrote:Before you buy anything
- Check your benefits package at work (if you have one) - a lot of companies actually cover it but few people know about it
- Check with Visa/MC, some cards actually provide out of country / out of province insurance coverage


Poster said it was for a "Senior"...I suspect he/she is not employed. That being said if he has any extended health through his retirement plan he could have some coverage there. I do and it's 60 days for out of country but may not cover a pre-existing condition.
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Re: Traveler health insurance.

Postby Captain Awesome » Nov 29th, 2012, 5:22 pm

Bsuds wrote:Poster said it was for a "Senior"...I suspect he/she is not employed. That being said if he has any extended health through his retirement plan he could have some coverage there. I do and it's 60 days for out of country but may not cover a pre-existing condition.


Whoops, my bad. But still, some Visa/MC cards offer it as part of the package.
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Re: Traveler health insurance.

Postby blondewithbrains » Dec 1st, 2012, 7:26 pm

The trick to travel medical is to disclose EVERYTHING that you take, have been advised to take, any tests or procedures you are undergoing or have undergone recently, all conditions and also the stability period of any conditions the person has no matter how small or trivial it may seem. Stability means no changes to the condition and it depends on the company as to what length of time they require it to be stable. No changes refers to any and all medication adjustments by the Dr. as well as changes the condition itself. So for example, this person has a pacemaker, has he been in for any monitoring for it lately, and if so did the Dr. adjust his meds at that time. The US is the highest for costs in medical coverage so the premiums usually reflects that as well. Also some companies can exclude coverage for any pre-existing conditions and if he is comfortable with that option it could make it more affordable for him. The problems you read about with denial of coverage is mostly because people have forgotten to disclose something that they had had done or take and even though it could not have anything to do with the problem they are being treated for thru the travel insurance, the insurance company considers it a misrepresentation by the insured. There is 1 company out there, Travel Underwriters, that will cover you in the case of lack of disclosure but they will charge you a $10,000 deductible instead of total denial of coverage. Hope this helps
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Re: Traveler health insurance.

Postby Tootsie » Dec 5th, 2012, 9:03 pm

A few months ago CBC Marketplace had an episode titled "Tripped Up".

http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/2012/trippedup/

Very interesting show anyone venturing out of Canada (IMO) should watch. You never know when something serious can happen & you might need health coverage. More importantly - you might just have your claim denied and receive a nasty bill in the mail after you get home. Worth watching.
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