Medical coverage while on vacation in a foreign country is very, very important. Who wants a surgeon spitting on a rusty knife and proceeding to operate on you? Who wants to pay over $50,000 to get out of that country and be taken to a country where you can get very good medical care?
I had a friend and fellow agent drown several years ago in a resort area of Mexico while on a company trip. Even though the company's travel agent was on-site, the process of getting his "mortal remains" off the beach, to a funeral home, then on a flight back home was extremely traumatic and very expensive. There were "permits" every step of the way and, of course, each of the officials needed "something extra" to issue the permit on a timely basis.
I personally was in a Mexican port when a passenger on another ship fell off the pier and died when he hit his head on some rocks. The authorities put his body on the pier and covered it with a sheet, leaving it in the hot sun all day while officials came and wrote out forms and took pictures of the body. Later that day, the body was gone. I hope and pray that the body was surrendered to the cruise ship and its morgue. We were just a few miles north of Belize and far, far from any city.
It is really important to have an International company at your beck and call 24 hours a day to deal with the authorities and to pay for the approprate treatment of an injured visitor or to deal with the mortal remains on behalf of the family.
I never leave the US without international travel medical coverage.
You pay very hard earned dollars to go on the trip or vacation. If circumstances prohibited you from leaving on that trip, would you want to lose that money or would you want to collect on the insurance that is afforded with International travel coverage.
One of the best plans is from Seven Corners. This is the plan that I have always used. They have expanded their offerings so that they range from economy to the elite. I recommend that you take a look at the coverages and the rates and then buy the best plan that you can afford.
Below you will find the link to my page on thier site. The Travel Insurance plan that is the best for US citizens going on vacation is "Round Trip".
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This is an excellent source of coverage for you and your family or travel companions.