Real-World Examples of Why Travel Insurance Is a Must

  • Originally published July 15, 2014 , last updated April 28, 2016
Real-World Examples of Why Travel Insurance Is a Must
  • On an Amazon cruise in Brazil, a woman’s lungs fill with fluid, necessitating hospitalization.
  • In Italy a man trips and falls, breaking his hip.
  • In Germany a woman fractures her ankle stepping off her tour bus onto a cobblestone street.

These situations would be unpleasant enough at home, but for those unlucky enough to suffer medical emergencies overseas, they can be financially devastating.

According to the US Travel Insurance Association (USTIA), “Many travelers mistakenly believe that their health insurance plan or the U.S. government will provide assistance in the event of a medical emergency. This can be a very expensive mistake, as these organizations may only provide the most basic medical referrals, and they may not pay for the expenses associated with a medical emergency, which can easily approach $100,000 for a serious medical problem.”

Your clients will thank you for sharing these tips from the USTIA about dealing with an overseas medical emergency, and for reminding them that travel insurance is the only comprehensive solution for handling travel medical emergencies.

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