If you’re planning an overseas vacation
you might want to seriously consider taking out a travel insurance
policy. All international travel insurance policies will cover you for some degree of medical cover. This can range from $100,000 up to unlimited for medical and dental. You can expect to be covered for medical evacuation when critical ill or injured.
There is a range of medical conditions for which we provide free coverage. If you check our EMC list
and see that your medical condition isn’t listed under the ‘Automatically Covered for Free
’ section, or if you see that your condition is listed under the ‘High-Risk
’ section; you’ll need to click the ‘Medical Icon
’ when you find a quote. This way you’ll be able to fill the details out of your pre-existing medical condition on the QBE website. They’ll respond to your nominated email with a new quote within a few days.
There are only a few countries with reciprocal health agreements with Australia. If you’re travelling overseas to a foreign country without travel insurance, or if you have a pre-existing medical condition that you’ve not mentioned to your insurer, you could find yourself in financial difficulty. If the pre-existing medical condition you have becomes exacerbated during your trip and you haven’t applied for specific cover for it, you might find yourself out of pocket with your insurer. That’s why its best to be transparent about any pre-existing medical conditions you have that aren’t ‘Automatically Covered for Free’, that way, if anything should happen on your trip to exacerbate your pre-existing condition, you’ll be fully covered.
Get wise and receive better medical care through your travel insurance provider. If you have a car accident while travelling, you will more than likely require medical attention. Not all countries follow the same system, so you might be directed to a free hospital or clinic if you don’t have sufficient funds. These places are infamous for doing poor work, while many travellers believe the Australian Government will pick up the bill which isn’t the case. There are only a few countries with reciprocal health agreements with Australia! In this case, your medical travel insurance
covers medical and hospitalisation for certain aspects but may still not cover medical evacuation such ambulances.
Choose your own trip length. You can buy medical travel insurance to cover a particular time period, ensuring that you’re covered the whole time you’re out of the country. In case you’re travelling in and out of the country over the year, it’s actually wise and best to buy an Annual Multi Trip
policy. This will cover multiple trips up to 60 days back and forth from Australia
. You’ll realise that it’s cheaper and you’re protected on every trip, and not just one.
Urgent medical evacuation. There are situations where local hospitals are not outfitted to deal with certain serious medical conditions. This could be anything, from not having a surgeon with the right skill-set on hand to missing a particular anti-venom. If this is the situation, the hospital will need to transport you to a more readily equipped location. This doesn’t necessarily mean having to go back to Australia, it could just mean moving from a rural area to a city. Whatever the cause or situation, this kind of transportation can be costly and is another reason to apply for medical coverage if you’re unsure about your pre-existing medical condition.