Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Has anyone purchased Travel medical Insurance

Has anyone purchased Travel medical Insurance

Apr 2nd, 2009, 08:32 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 37
Has anyone purchased Travel medical Insurance

We are seniors traveling to Germany in September, and Medicare doesn't cover us in Europe except in special circumstances. We have looked at Medex and Travel Guard insurance, as a supplement. Has anyone ever used either of these, or any others, and was it worth it?
Dickscar is offline  
Apr 2nd, 2009, 08:35 AM
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 20,532
Have you looked at the insuremytrip.com web site? It's very useful for comparing policies. Note that for coverage of pre-existing conditions you need to buy your policy within 10 to 15 days of paying for your trip.

We have used TravelGuard, and the company paid up quickly when we had to cancel a trip because of an accident.
Underhill is offline  
Apr 2nd, 2009, 08:36 AM
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 20,532
BTW, have you checked with your regular insurance carrier? Some have coverage for overseas emergencies, such as the Kaiser health plan.
Underhill is offline  
Apr 2nd, 2009, 11:19 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 12,008
Also check out www.squaremouth.com. Coverage for pre existing conditions will vary by insurer and the policy you buy.
bettyk is offline  
Apr 2nd, 2009, 11:24 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 8,351
You should always take out medical insurance. Do not assume you will be treated for free in Europe, and whilst the costs may not match though in the US they can mount up and make a serious dent in your holiday money, and savings. Also consider whether you wish to be transferred back to the US should you become ill, and make sure that is covered also.
hetismij is offline  
Apr 2nd, 2009, 11:46 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,421
Whether it's really worth it depends on whether anything happens and you need it.

Definitely compare policies on www.insuremytrip.com, but don't confine yourself to the top of the list - I usually go with Travelex.

Rates are age based, so it's more expensive when you're a) older, and b) have no primary coverage where you're traveling. Don't request quotes for more coverage than you need, and consider a higher deductible.

If you do purchase coverage, review pre-existing condition exclusions (unless you've purchased within the required time limit), and carefully read the policy so you know what to do if something happens. For some things, you must phone first and can't just do as you please and get reimbursed.

Note that you'll probably have to pay and get reimbursed, so familiarize yourself with the claims procedures and documentation required. It's a lot easier to acquire documentation while you're there than after you're home and find you don't have it.
djkbooks is offline  
Apr 2nd, 2009, 12:50 PM
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 22,016
I purchased it for two trips--both of which had large up-front non-refundable costs. I also used InsureMyTrip as a broker.

But I also think that medical evacuation coverage is at least as important; this company will fly you to the hospital of your choice, in your home if you prefer, in case of emergency; most medical insurance will not cover that. It is good for one year:

ekscrunchy is offline  
Apr 4th, 2009, 02:12 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 37
Thanks everyone. That will help us make a decision. we had already considered many of those points and will be sure to look at all the suggested sites.
Dickscar is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Mar 10th, 2015 10:20 PM
United States
Mar 31st, 2008 06:19 AM
Jan 22nd, 2008 08:50 AM
May 12th, 2006 07:27 PM
May 10th, 2004 08:54 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:16 AM.