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Old 03-05-2011, 07:59 PM   #21
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I don't recall the insurance company, I did my research online.

We lived in Seattle and used Virginia Mason's international travel medical advisor, an RN. Most of the shots were not covered by our health insurance (?) but we got all that the CDC recommended. Diarrhea medication is available without prescription in Peru and is cheap. The medication that was particularly valuable was the one for altitude sickness. I ended up sharing pills.

Water borne illnesses are very common. Take care.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:40 PM   #22
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I am going to Germany for 4 weeks this year and I am looking for a travel health insurance company. I am on Medicare which does not cover me out of the country.

Can anyone recommend a company?
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Read the fine print carefully. Insurance companies typically give themselves plenty of leeway in not paying claims. The situations you think you're insuring against, may not even be covered.

And, as others have said, I self-insure for every risk I can reasonably manage on my own.
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Travel Insurance - Compare Every Major Company - Instant Cover

Highly recommend the above site. It allows you to compare different companies and has been reviewed extensively by the media in a positive light.
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Dangermouse, thanks for the link! I'll be checking them out!
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I never have bought travel insurance before but did for my up coming 3 week trip to China and Tibet.Between the nature of the country and medical evacuation it just seemed a good idea this time. I also had typhoid, yellow fever shots....already had Hepatitis A&B shots last year. Leaving April 5 and very excited.
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I never have bought travel insurance before but did for my up coming 3 week trip to China and Tibet.Between the nature of the country and medical evacuation it just seemed a good idea this time. I also had typhoid, yellow fever shots....already had Hepatitis A&B shots last year. Leaving April 5 and very excited.
Sounds great. I heard the Chinese were putting some extra restrictions on foreigners travelling in Tibet. Hope it doesn't affect you.
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Whether I buy travel insurance depends on the destination and mainly for evacuation expenses and when medical expenses and care in such localities can be very high. I bought travel insurance when I went to Cambodia, Vietnam and China. I have not bought any travel insurance whenever I go to Japan or New Zealand but given the recent major earthquakes, maybe in future may need to buy travel insurance for destinations prone to earthquakes.
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We get it when we travel internationally... for cancellation and medical/evac.

Here is a site where one can compare plans. Although I cannot vouch for the site.. I have not purchased through it.

InsureMyTrip.com | Plans


The price you quoted sounds high to me. Did you shop around?

If you intend to travel for an extended period, I have read you can buy a policy for several months.

Here is one... but I cannot vouch for it or the insurance company either. This policy is supposed to be good for 1 year.
http://www.travelinsure.com/what/voy...highlights.asp
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