By Leslie Lerch
The bad thing about insurance is that it makes you think about the worst that can happen. As a result, many mature travelers choose to avoid thinking about insurance or they impulsively buy whatever may be offered by their travel supplier or agent without reading details of the coverage or doing comparison shopping. When it comes to health insurance, a lot of people think that their policy covers them when they travel, even outside the country. Dealing with expensive and difficult choices comes with having something go wrong in this case.
It has been mentioned by a travel insurance company that trip cancellation caused when either the traveler or a family member becomes ill or injured is the number one reason for making travel insurance claims. You should understand your own insurance when it comes to the coverage needed for any given trip. Considering that Medicare does not cover medical treatment outside the United States, you can use supplemental policies instead. If you need insurance, set a budget after you evaluate your existing coverage.
Will you have coverage for bills up to $30,000 for medical treatment or evacuation if you suffer a stroke or break a leg when you fall? As you file a small claim to get reimbursement for lost luggage amounting to about $1,500, will you be willing to risk a higher homeowner's insurance premium?
You need to consider three key factors as you evaluate policies as mentioned by the vice president of a travel agency insurance provider. When it comes to covered perils, you are covered when they happen but excluded here are intentional self-injury or war and definitions of terms used. From one agency comes the definition of terrorism as an incident occurring within 30 days of the trip and in a city on the traveler's itinerary.
There are a lot of people who mistake travel insurance for flight accident insurance according to him when it comes to the specifics of particular coverage. Usually purchased through an airport machine when it comes to policies is accident insurance. There is a lump sum payment provided to a beneficiary if a plane accident results in death when it comes to flight accident insurance. When it comes to the difference between a trip cancellation waiver that can be obtained from a travel supplier and an insurance plan purchased that is done through a travel insurance provider, there may be some confusion.
In many cases the trip cancellation waiver will not pay cash for the cancelled trip, but may offer a travel reimbursement between 75 and 100 per cent to be used on a future trip or cruise. If the supplier goes out of business, the policies offered by travel suppliers will not offer coverage. Of importance to many mature travelers is the insurer's definition of a pre-existing medical condition.
When it comes to a pre-existing medical condition, some insurers do not consider a medical history of an illness such as diabetes or asthma to be one. Here, provided that the travel insurance is purchased within a week or two of when the customer makes his first payment for the trip, this applies. Taking this period of time into consideration, those who buy insurance will also be provided with protection against financial default of many tour operators, airlines, or cruise lines.
A variation of policies may be offered by each insurer all designed to meet the specific needs of a traveler including coverage for business purposes, recreational travel, or for a trip taken on the spur of the moment. In this case, the price of a travel insurance policy amounts to 5 to 7 percent of the cost of the trip.
Experts recommend that mature travelers buy their insurance the same week they make their reservations. They can waive any pre-existing medical conditions in this situation. Be sure to ask if the insurer offers a 24 hour hot line for you to call if you encounter any difficulties.