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Travel insurance is an insurance plan designed to protect you from financial risks and losses while travelling outside of Canada. You can purchase coverage for minor losses and inconveniences, like a delayed flight or lost baggage, or for major ones, like a medical emergency.
Why is travel medical insurance so important? Well, accidents and illnesses can happen when you are on a trip. Without travel medical insurance, you could be on the hook for an enormous bill to cover the cost of medical care.
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Whether you’re travelling to the pyramids of Egypt or heading across the border on a day trip to Trader Joe’s, travel insurance is available to protect your health and your bank account. For only a few dollars per day, you can enjoy your trip, safe in the knowledge that you’ll have financial protection in the event of an emergency.
Not all travel insurance policies are created equal. Compare travel insurance quotes to get the best rate and the best coverage for your needs.
There are several different types of travel insurance that you can get to protect you and your loved ones while you’re away. Without coverage, you’re left paying out of pocket for what can easily amount to massive medical bills and unexpected trip related expenses. This is when travel insurance comes in handy.
Here are the different types of travel insurance available to you:
Emergency medical coverage is the most common type of travel insurance, but it’s not the only type. Single trip travel insurance, multi trip travel insurance, trip cancellation travel insurance, and all inclusive travel insurance are the four most common types of travel insurance plans, and the ones available through InsuranceHotline.com. Compare travel insurance plans today.
Unpacking your most asked travel insurance questions.
Travel insurance costs an average of:
These numbers are calculated based on quotes completed on InsurancHotline.com for travellers with no pre-existing health conditions who are heading out on a 10-day vacation with $2 million in coverage with no deductibles.
Depending on your policy, travel insurance for Candian travellers typically provides coverage for:
Personal belongings such as cameras and laptops are typically covered under your home insurance policy, not your travel insurance policy.
Home insurance protects your belongings even when you’re away from home, such as when you’re on vacation. Give your home insurance provider a call prior to departure to confirm your valuables are covered.
The exception to this is if an airline were to lose your luggage in transit. In this case, your travel insurance would cover your belongings if you purchased lost baggage coverage.
The Government of Canada recommends that your travel insurance include:
Ideally, you won’t have to use your travel insurance, but you’ll be grateful it’s there in the event you find yourself or a travel companion needing emergency medical care or other services abroad.
Just as the cost of flights differ from carrier to carrier, travel insurance policies can range vastly from one company to the next. Here are some of the factors that go into determining your rates:
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If you travel frequently, you may be able to save additional money with an annual travel insurance plan. Talk to your provider today to learn more.
InsuranceHotline.com shoppers save an average* of 50 per cent and upwards of 64 per cent when comparing travel insurance quotes.
*The average savings found through published rates on InsuranceHotline.com for emergency medical travel insurance for single travellers, between the ages of 21 – 54, for single trips of 10 days, as compared with the published rates of 3 Financial Institutions for their equivalent emergency medical travel insurance. Actual savings vary depending on number of travellers, age, trip duration, medical conditions, and coverage selected. Based on research as of July 28, 2017.
Travellers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to departure in order for coverage to be active while you’re away. These policies act as temporary insurance that covers you during a set period of time, typically the duration of the trip.
When it comes to filing a claim, each insurance company has its own process, but typically you or someone operating on your behalf would have to contact your insurance provider in the event of a medical emergency or another large claim to coordinate details. In some cases such as smaller claims, you may have to pay up front then submit a form for reimbursement within a set period of time. Speak with your insurance provider to ensure you fully understand the process and who to contact in the event of a claim.
Frequent travellers can benefit from an annual travel insurance policy. These policies can save you money in the long run while carrying coverage over from trip to trip. They are commonly used by people who travel often for work, typically to the same destinations.
Unfortunately, provincial healthcare plans do not travel well. Depending on which province you are from, your plan may offer minimal coverage for radiology and lab work, but there are strict limits on reimbursements for foreign hospital care.
|Province||Coverage for emergency hospital care abroad|
|Alberta||$50 per day outpatient. $100 per day inpatient.|
|British Columbia||$75 per day.|
|Manitoba||$100 per day.|
|Quebec||$50 per day outpatient. $100 per day inpatient.|
|Saskatchewan||$50 per day outpatient. $100 per day inpatient.|
While this may look like a lot, it is unlikely to cover the entire cost of your treatment.
A weeklong stay in an American hospital can cost tens of thousands of dollars. A $700 dollar reimbursement from your provincial health plan is better than nothing, but you would still have to pay many thousands out of pocket. In addition to this, some foreign hospitals will refuse treatment unless you can provide proof of insurance, or pay the full amount upfront! This is why you need the financial protection provided by travel insurance.
As of October 1, 2019, the Province of Ontario is no longer providing any out-of-country coverage for emergency hospital visits. For Ontario-based travellers, it’s more important than ever to purchase travel insurance before your trip.
1) Understand your policy, including how it works, what it covers and how much your coverage is for
2) Document everything and keep all claim-related receipts for reimbursement
3) Use your smartphone camera to document injuries, damage to a vehicle, even actual documents. This will come in handy in the event of a claim
4) Bring a copy of your travel insurance policy and contacts with you on your trip
5) Write the policy number, insurance provider name and contact information on a piece of paper and keep it in your wallet for easy access in case of emergency, and/or take a photo of the documents with your phone so you have them with you at all times
As you prepare for you trip, don’t forget to pack travel insurance. This affordable type of insurance is a small price to pay for peace of mind and health coverage. Plus, it can save you thousands of dollars in the event of a claim. There’s always room in your luggage to squeeze in some extra savings.
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