Even when you’ve planned your trip down to the last detail, the unexpected can happen, so it’s best to be prepared. Travel insurance can help. Here are some real-life situations involving travellers who were glad to have the protection and assistance it provides when it counted most. On Jason and Brenda’s Mexican vacation, Jason was injured in a paragliding accident. He was airlifted to the nearest hospital for emergency surgery. After surgery, he needed special seating and flight arrangements home. • Medical emergency cost: $69,800 USD • Travel insurance: $35 CAD
Margaret was visiting her son in Canada from the UK. Things were going great until she started feeling intense pain in her stomach. A CT scan showed she needed emergency surgery to remove a bowel obstruction. • Medical emergency cost: $12,289 CAD • Travel insurance: $41 CAD
Provincial medical plans don’t cover the hefty costs of medical care in the United States or other countries. So it’s a good thing Amelia bought travel insurance before her trip to Nevada. Just two days in, she developed fever, muscle pain and fatigue resulting from a case of the flu, which required her to stay at a local hospital for two days. • Medical emergency cost: $4,000 USD • Travel insurance: $61 CAD
Linda was visiting her grandson in Florida for a month when she fell in a parking lot and fractured her hip. Linda required immediate surgery and several days of acute rehab before being discharged. • Medical emergency cost: $104,944 USD • Travel insurance: $122 CAD
Jason, Margaret, Amelia and Linda’s medical bills were all covered in full with travel insurance from TIC, whose expert care and support helped make their difficult situations better.