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Medical Evacuation & Repatriation Isn’t Only for Trauma

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Most travel insurance plans offer coverage for medical evacuation & repatriation.  This can cover the cost of medical transportation to a medical facility, from one medical facility to another or even transportation back home.

The common perception of medical evacuation involves a helicopter airlift from a cruise ship.  True, this can be the case, helicopters, air ambulances with medical staff on board.  However, in many cases, this coverage is used in less emergent situations.  Seven Corners blogged about a situation where a traveler needed this coverage, but in a less extreme circumstance.

Evacuations don’t always revolve around trama events. As an example we had an incident in Africa where we had to evacuate one member who was bit by a bat, because there were no available rabies vaccinations.  It could have turned into a very bad situation if the member did not obtain the necessary vaccines.

In this type of situation, ground transportation might be appropriate.  In any case, if a traveler needs the medical or medical evacuation coverage, they should contact the emergency assistance number.  In the U.S., this is a toll free number, while international, it will be a collect call.  The assistance provider and the attending physician will ensure the appropriate transportation is provided.  Always refer to the certificate of insurance for details.

Source:  What to Do if Evacuation is Needed