Thursday, January 31, 2008

Visitors to Canada Need Travel Insurance

Vancouver, B.C. –May 15 –We’re not the only ones who need insurance when we travel. Visitors to Canada also need coverage.

Rosie, a retired mother from the Philippines who wanted to spend time with her son in Alberta, did the smart thing when she booked her trip to Canada. She bought travel insurance.
Rosie purchased TIC’s Visitors to Canada travel insurance for the maximum period of coverage –one year. She opted for the $50,000 plan, which gave her coverage for hospital confinement, medical services, and other benefits like Ambulance Services, Return Home and Prescription Medication.

“We always recommend that visitors to Canada purchase travel insurance,”said Natalie Dupuis, vice~ president of product for TIC Travel Insurance Coordinators. She said the Visitors to Canada product comes withbotha Basic and Select Plan. “Visitors don’t have to pay a deductible with the Select plan, and they receive additional benefits.”
The first month went well for Rosie. She spent time withher son and quickly adjusted to life inCanada. Then one day she suddenly collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. The doctors determined that she had suffered from a stroke.
Rosie spent nine days inthe hospital (five inthe intensive care unit) and had to undergo acute rehabilitation before being released.

During that week and a half, TIC’s assistance team spoke daily to the doctors and nurses for medical updates. They kept Rosie’s family informed about her progress and worked withthe hospital’s finance office to arrange directbilling to TIC.“Our case managers assist the family during hospitalizations, help customers withdischarge requirements, and make arrangements for guarantee of payments and directbilling,”said Kelly Price, emergency assistance supervisor at TIC’s travel assistance department

The total cost of Rosie’s hospitalization was $37,000. Fortunately, she and her family didn’t have to pay any of these costs, even though visitors to Canada don’t receive coverage from provincial healthplans.
To learn more about travel insurance for visitors to Canada or for a complete list of TIC’s travel insurance products, visit www.biis.ca