Travel Insurance for the best health insurance cover
There is a great variety of health insurance options available to suit one’s health care needs. Depending on the expanse of the coverage and benefits, the cost also differs accordingly. Here is a short discussion on basic types available for you to choose from:
*Catastrophic health insurance: This type of insurance is intended for protection against catastrophe. Although it comes with a low monthly premium, this one offers high deductibles.
*Short-term health insurance: This type of insurance is purchased to cover a specific period of time and depending on its coverage, the cost can be affordable to expensive.
*Full-service health insurance: This is the most comprehensive type of health insurances as it cover all types of illnesses, allow you to get treatment regardless of where you are in the world. Hence, this insurance can be quite expensive.
*Travel health insurance: This type of insurance is highly recommended for frequent travelers since new environments expose them to the possibility of acquiring illnesses. Depending on your specific coverage, you can also get insurance in case of medical emergencies, accidents, and evacuation (if necessary).
One of the biggest concerns when travelling to foreign countries is how to avoid catching bugs or a nasty case of the ‘tourist trots’. It can be hard to know what is safe to eat and what should be avoided. No matter how careful you are, however, it is very easy to unwittingly expose yourself to bacteria, germs and viruses. That is one reason why taking out travel insurance is very important. Some basic awareness, plus following a few simple food hygiene tips, can help avoid a nasty case of Delhi Belly, Montezuma’s Revenge, or whatever the affliction may be called in that part of the world:
- Make sure food is well cooked and very hot (to kill any bacteria present)
- Avoid food that may have been left sitting out at unsafe temperatures (i.e. buffets)
- Be wary of buying food and drinks from street vendors
- Avoid consuming sauces/condiments that have been left on tables
- Don’t eat garnishes (they may have graced many plates!)
- Avoid drinking tap water, milk, and stay clear of ice cubes in drinks
- Avoid salads/lettuce (washed in water)
- Stick to sealed, bottled water or boil or purify it yourself
- Be wary of some airline food, especially if taken aboard in a foreign country
- When it comes to fruits and vegetables – if you can’t peel it – don’t eat it!
Be careful when consuming locally-produced drinks such as rice wine or ‘arak’ (several deaths occurred in Bali following ingestion of methanol-laced rice wine).
If you get sick with diarrhoea and/or vomiting it is important to stay hydrated. Sip purified water, tea or soft drinks (preferably drinks without a lot of sugar or additives). Only resort to using anti-diarrhoeal medicine when you are absolutely certain you need it, as the downside is developing constipation. Avoid drinking alcohol and eat dry food like crackers and toast until the worst is over.
Why Get a Travel Health Insurance?
Whether you are travelling for a business meeting on a regular basis or you are taking your family on a vacation trip, nothing beats being prepared to face the potential health problems that can arise as mentioned above. Hence, securing a travel insurance is something that you need to pack with you, with your other travel essentials.
Within travel health insurances itself are a variety of policy choices that could provide insurance for domestic or overseas travel. Understandably, the rates differ according to your choice of policy coverage. When insurance provider determine the cost of coverage, there are several factors taken into consideration such as cost of trip, age of policyholder, distance of travel, and existing health conditions.
A wide variety of nasty bacteria and diseases may just be waiting for an unwary victim or host like you to come along, so do your research and be prepared before leaving home. It is your trip, your money, your life – so use your brain – and don’t make yourself an easy target for anything to bug you!