Expatriate Insurance Tips
Expat Health Insurance Tips – International Health Insurance
- Don’t authorize any major health services or tests such as CT scans on your own once the immediate emergency is over and your condition is stabilized. This is the responsibility of your emergency assistance service. Make sure the claims will be covered by the insurance company
- Always carry the name, telephone and fax numbers of your personal doctor.
- Carry a list of your medications and major illnesses along with prescription/doctor notes, especially when traveling in the third world. Also, bring a copy of the prescription if you are going through customs.
- Always examine your health plan before leaving for an overseas assignment and avoid making last minute decisions.
- Avoid changing insurance companies if you currently have a medical condition which is being treated or may reoccur. This is because your new plan may not cover that condition because of the pre-existing clauses in most expatriate health plans.
- Obtain your out-patient medical health plan coverage before you become pregnant, as all individual plans and most group plans will view it as a pre-existing condition. You will still be able to get coverage, but with your current pregnancy as an exclusion.
- Article written by International Health Insurance Danmark’s Specialist Lene Hoj called “Precautions When Traveling and Living Abroad.” More articles on similar subjects at http://www.ihi.dk
- If you are planning to have children in the near future, make sure your current health plan covers maternity. Many plans don’t cover childbirth or only cover it after a 10 to 12 month moratorium. Other health plans will cover maternity as a pre-existing condition so that it either won’t be covered at all or only to a certain maximum. Childbirth expenses can be extremely high if there are complications.
- Check any health policies you already have very, very carefully. Find out if your coverage extends to emergency medical services outside the country, what that coverage entails and whether that coverage is adequate if something goes terribly wrong on your holiday. Then begin shopping for any extra protection you might need
- Don’t take chances. Understand, that whether you are out of the country for two hours or two months, accidents are never planned and ill health can come on very suddenly . You could find yourself too sick to travel home for medical treatment and we all know how expensive even a short hospital stay can be. Be aware that you can’t just buy your insurance when you start to feel badly. Policies must always be paid in full prior to your departure
- Ask about the company’s emergency procedures. What happens if you become injured and need medical assistance immediately? Is their Assistance Center staffed 24 hours a day? How quickly and effectively will their medical staff react to your particular needs? If their 800 emergency number doesn’t operate from where you are, will they accept collect calls? Will the person at the other end of the line speak English?
- Never lie on your application! All emergency health insurers have very strict rules in regard to pre-existing medical conditions. Discuss these carefully with your insurance company. It’s absolute folly to go off without advising them of your medical problems because, in the long run, you will probably lose your coverage and no payments will be made
- You get what you pay for! Never buy your policy based solely on the amount of the premium. If one insurance company is charging far less for premiums than another, be wary. This is the time to ask a lot of hard questions because chances are the coverage will be far less, too.
- Try to personalize your policy. Think carefully about the kind of coverage you need. Are you pregnant? Is this a skiing holiday? Are you traveling with children? Are you a diabetic? All of these factors will play an important role in your choice of policies and they must be considered very carefully. For example, did you know that many policies don’t automatically cover pregnancy-related conditions or nursery care for premature infants?
- Do your research . Allow the same time and consideration for picking your policy as you would to deciding on a destination, shopping for your airline ticket or buying a backpack that’s just right for you. The wrong backpack can mean a sore back. Choosing the wrong insurance could mean thousands and thousands of dollars in unnecessary debt!
- Obtain an online quote for expat health insurance or request a special quote online.
Expat Life & Disability Insurance Tips
- Make sure the company that insures you is a secure and well known firm that will be there for the long run
- Term insurance plans which are guaranteed renewable and convertible are well recommended because if you become less or uninsurable because of sickness, injury or a lifestyle change, you won’t want to re-apply for coverage at the end of the five or ten year term
- If you smoke even one or two cigarettes a year, you’ll still be considered a smoker. Failure to answer honestly to this question may void the life or disability contract in the event of a claim. Please note that some insurance companies have the same rates regardless of whether you smoke or not.
- Make sure that the life insurance policy is portable if you change locations
- If you are thinking of starting a family, it is recommended that you obtain your life or disability insurance before one’s spouse is pregnant.
- Remember to pay your premium!
- Also, you should contact your insurance company if you have changed your automatic banking debit or credit card or your policy address. Many plans end up lapsing because of change in addresses.
- Obtain a quote for expatriate life and disability insurance by clicking HERE.
These tips are for information purposes only. Use of these tips or information are at your own risk.