By Chaitanya Bala
Anytime you look at a travel insurance policy, you may notice that the emergency medical evacuation travel insurance benefit amount is probably the one that sticks out the most over all the other benefits you see. While medical treatment benefits from different policies usually only cover up to $50,000, you may notice that emergency medical evacuation expenses cover significantly more money. And often times if you’ve been shopping for a policy and have been consulting with a customer service rep, they really stress the benefit of emergency medical evacuation. You may even have been urged to upgrade to a higher policy so you can get a better medical evacuation travel insurance benefit.
But, is emergency medical evacuation coverage really that necessary?
You think you’d probably only need it if you were going on a safari adventure in the jungles of Africa, or hiking up the Himalayas. And you certainly wouldn’t need it if you’re just exploring the Unites States, right? That’s what I thought before I sat down to speak with our customer service team and learned just how wrong I was. Here are three real stories, both in and out of our company that helped paint a picture of just how important the emergency medical evacuation benefit is.