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Visitors coming to the US are most likely to find several insurance plans on the internet. Visitors can be leisure travelers, business conference attendees, parents visiting their families, students on study trips, and more. Based on the nature of travel and the length of the trip, visitors can choose visitor insurance plans to keep them safe and protected in the US.
To choose a suitable plan, you must compare the plans. There are several factors that you need to understand before buying a plan. Here is how you can compare.
Visitor insurance plans for the US typically cover eligible medical expenses for sudden accidents and sickness, medical evacuation, accidental death and dismemberment, doctor’s visit, urgent care, prescription drugs, COVID-19, hospitalization, acute onset of pre-existing conditions, and more. The coverage depends on the plan you choose.
Some plans can come with sub-limits, while some cover up to the policy maximum. Some plans may cover maternity, while some may exclude it. Hence, whenever you are choosing a plan, compare the benefits.
Understand what your plan includes and what the limitations are so it becomes easier for you to pick a plan that suits your travel needs. For instance, if you have a pre-existing condition, it would be wise to select a plan that covers the acute onset.
The plan’s premium depends on the traveler’s age, the length of the trip, the policy maximum, and the deductible. There can be other factors like destinations, optional benefits, pre-existing conditions, and more that can influence the plan’s cost.
- Age: The age of the traveler is a key factor in determining the premium. Generally, the older the traveler, the higher the premium.
- Trip’s duration: The duration of the trip is also a factor in deciding the premium. Longer trips usually have a higher premium.
- Policy maximum: The amount of coverage needed by the traveler can also affect the premium. Higher coverage limits usually result in higher premiums.
- Deductible: The deductible is the amount that the traveler must pay out-of-pocket before the insurance coverage kicks in. A higher deductible can result in a lower premium.
- Destination: The country or region where the traveler is going can affect the premium. Some countries may have higher healthcare costs like the US, which can increase the premium.
- Optional benefits: Some insurance plans have optional coverage and charge extra premiums for optional add-ons, which increases the premium.
When comparing two or three plans, you can put the values (traveler’s age, policy maximum, date of journey, etc.) and can see the difference in the premium.
The PPO network is a group of healthcare providers who have agreed to offer medical services at a discounted rate to members of a particular insurance plan. These are commonly used in health insurance plans, including visitor insurance plans.
Many visitor insurance plans have a PPO network of healthcare providers in the destination country where the insured person is visiting. By using providers within the network, the insured person can benefit from lower costs for medical services.
When choosing a visitor insurance plan, it is important to check the provider network to ensure that the plan includes providers that are accessible and acceptable in the destination country. Some insurance providers offer online directories that list the healthcare providers in their network, along with their locations and contact information.
Using providers within the PPO network can result in lower costs, though it is not mandatory to use these providers. You can still seek medical treatment from any healthcare provider of your choice but must pay higher out-of-pocket costs if you choose an out-of-network provider.
Reviews and ratings
When choosing a visitor insurance plan, it is crucial to read reviews and ratings to evaluate the level of customer satisfaction, quality of service, and overall experience with the insurance provider and the plan. Many insurance providers like us, Visitor Guard®, have reviews and ratings on our website, providing visitors with insights into customer satisfaction with their chosen plan.
Here are some common exclusions in visitor insurance plans:
- Pre-existing conditions: Visitor insurance plans do not cover pre-existing conditions; rather they cover the acute onset of the pre-existing conditions. Read the brochure to know in detail.
- Self-inflicted injury: Insurance plans typically do not cover injuries that are intentionally self-inflicted.
- War and Terrorism: Many insurance plans exclude coverage for injuries or illnesses that occur as a result of war, civil unrest, or acts of terrorism.
- Mental or psychological disorders: Some plans may exclude coverage for mental or emotional disorders or limit coverage to emergency situations only.
- Extreme activities: Certain high-risk activities and dangerous sports may not be covered by some insurance plans.
- Substance abuse: Insurance plans may not cover injuries or illnesses related to drug or alcohol abuse.
It is suggested to review the policy the policy documents carefully to understand the specific exclusions of the insurance plan. Compare them and understand what exclusions affect your needs.
Are you ready to buy a plan?
These are a few points mentioned above that you must keep in mind while comparing visitor insurance policies for your next US visit. For more concerns or queries, contact us. We can guide you to buy a suitable plan based on your travel and medical requirements.
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