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Make sure you research international health insurance coverage before moving abroad

Moving abroad can be an exciting and life-changing experience for you and your family. If you are going abroad to study, work, travel or retire, it is vital that you be prepared for life’s overseas challenges, including healthcare. Unfortunately, many expats do not properly research international health insurance options before departure and some even think that their domestic plan will cover their health expenses overseas. In this article, we will discuss the importance of international health insurance, healthcare costs overseas in general and how to obtain a healthcare insurance quote online.

Will Your Domestic Insurance Plan Cover You Abroad? 

The short answer is probably no, but you should always check the fine print first. For most Canadians, if you are living abroad for more than 6 months, your provincial medical plan coverage will probably stop covering you and when it does, it will only pay a fraction of the overseas treatment and no evacuation costs. For most other nationalities, the domestic health plans that cover you at home will not pay for medical treatment you incur while living or traveling abroad. That travel medical plan can probably cover you up to six months or a year, but only for emergency expenses, not out-patient care, wellness, cancer treatment and much more. So it is usually best to assume the worst and plan for the best by buying a comprehensive global health policy.

Why Is International Health Insurance Important?

Healthcare systems are operated differently worldwide. Most countries have public and private medical facilities. In many countries, local health care plans may only cover a small amount of medical specialist treatment and prescriptions. Despite the overall quality of medical facilities, medical emergency evacuation is a very important aspect for expats. No matter you are residing in a country with limited medical services, or a highly developed country, the cost of ambulances, helicopters, traveling medical care and planes can be incredibly high if you do not have an adequate evacuation plan.

Expatriates should obtain international health insurance before departure. Such policies can provide you and your expat family with a flexible and worldwide service. It offers direct payment so that you do not need to worry about any out-of-pocket medical expenses. 

Healthcare Costs Overseas 

It has been reported by global researchers that medical costs have been increasing rapidly. In many countries around the world, private medical treatment is becoming more and more expensive. And medical costs for expatriates has also increased. For expats who want to use the private medical system, it is very important to make sure that you are covered by expat health insurance.

What if I Didn’t Purchase an International Health Insurance Plan?

Well, you should obtain a quote and get coverage right away. If you have a global health plan in place, do not cancel it until your new plan is in approved, paid and effective. If you have a Pre-existing Conditions Coverage for Expats pre-existing medical condition that is covered by an existing expat health plan, think very carefully about canceling that plan and perhaps keep it in place as new individual policies require medical underwriting by the new insurance provider.

How To Obtain Health Insurance Quote Online? 

Expat Financial offers various high quality and affordable international health insurance plans for expatriates living abroad and obtaining a quote is very easy. We also offer excellent service before and after you purchase your international health insurance plan as TFG Global Insurance Solutions Ltd, which owns and operates Expat Financial, acts as your independent advocate. Our firm is also very experienced in sourcing group plans for multinational firms with expats.  If you have questions about our international medical insurance plans or you want to discuss your needs and produce a customized quote, please contact us or complete the quote form.

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Health Insurance Options for Canadian Expats in the USA

Our company is contacted almost every day by Canadians living in the USA or about to live in the United States who are not eligible for local healthcare. More often than not, it is the parent of a student living in the USA who is calling us to find a high-quality expat health plan for their Canadian son or daughter. They all know the cost of medical care in the USA is extremely expensive – some expenses can easily reach into the hundreds of thousands. For example, here are some sample medical conditions and the expected claims costs in USD:

  • Pancreatic Cancer – $100K to $150K
  • Valve Repair – $60K
  • Complicated Pregnancy: Hundreds of thousands
  • MS – $80K
  • ICU Stay – Such a claim could be huge depending on the condition and length of stay.

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That is why it makes sense for Canadians in the USA to purchase a global health plan if they are not eligible for local coverage by themselves or through an employer. If a Canadian is maintaining provincial coverage and will be spending a few months in the USA, then most will obtain emergency only travel medical insurance coverage from one of our Canadian suppliers such as Tugo. However, if the Canadian is becoming an expatriate in the USA by spending a lot of time living, retiring or working in the USA and most likely losing their provincial medical coverage, an international health plan for the USA is vital.

Most Canadians are not aware of the true cost of their provincial medical plan because they pay little or nothing towards it as the costs are all paid by general tax revenue. We have all heard the stories of how expensive medical care is in the USA, especially in the news where someone forgets to purchase travel medical insurance when traveling abroad. If you are a Canadian expat in the USA and not eligible for local plans, then you will have to purchase an international health plan. Note that when you apply, there will be some medical questions and you may or may not be approved or there may be an exclusion. Also remember that individual expat health plans are not HIPAA, COBRA or PPACA compliant.

Most global health plans for expats in the USA will offer in-patient care with options to add wellness, out-patient medical and evacuation insurance. Dental and visioncare is also available. Some will choose a large deductible, but this is a personal choice. Most Americans are used to having very large deductibles and co-insurance while the Canucks are not.

For more information, give us a call or email today as we are very experienced in covering expats around the world. The best plan we can offer expats in the USA is the Cigna Global Health Options plan. You can even get a quote and apply online. Another potential option is the GeoBlue plan.

 

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Cashback offer for new Cigna international health plans in August 2016

For a limited time, you can get up to $250 cash back into your policy account if you purchase a Cigna Global Individual Private Medical Insurance Policy within the promotional period of 1st Aug 2016 – 31st Aug 2016. More details are provided once you apply and are approved within the month of August 2016. The Cigna global medical insurance offers excellent global coverage for expatriates.

How does Cashback Offer Work?

To claim up to $250 USD or equivalent, you simply need to wait 90 days after your purchase date with the date Cigna received payment for your policy counting as day 1. You can then complete the online claim form no later than 12 days from the day Cigna receives payment for your international health insurance policy approved and applied for in August 2016. Receive your cash back directly into your payment account. The cashback offer is dependent on the premium paid and is payable in the eligible policy currency – USD, Euro or GBP. The cashback is only payable to the customer directly by Cigna, and the offer is as per their policy terms, and the annual premium has to be at least $1,000 USD.

Why use Cigna Expat Health Coverage? 

Cigna is the largest International Medical insurance company in the world and they have over 1 Million providers as part of their global medical network. The difference with Cigna is that they will allow you to use any hospital or provider of your own choice, even if it is outside of their network. Cigna aims to pay claims directly with the Hospital or Doctor. For more information on why you should choose the Cigna Global Health Options plan.

How to Apply?

You can obtain detailed policy information, obtain a quote and even apply online by visiting our Cigna International Health Insurance page

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