With the recent tragedy in Nairobi, Kenya so fresh in our minds and the media it does present a real life example of how important of a role quality International Medical Insurance could play for an American traveling or living abroad. What happened in this mall is by all accounts being classified as a terrorist event. The people that were injured and killed by this horrific event are real and there are consequences, both medical and financial for all of those who were unfortunate enough to be part of this history.
Three benefits that are essential for the U.S. Expat living outside the borders of the United States came to mind as I watched this tragedy unfold. Medical Evacuation, Coverage due to injury or illness that are direct results of a terrorist event, and Repatriation of Remains. All three of these benefits are important and they are benefits that are part of the Expat and Travel plans from GeoBlue.
In addition, knowledge is power. GeoBlue provides their policyholders with daily up to date information about trouble spots around the world that can be accessed 24/7 via the Internet. This is not to suggest by any means that the tragedy in Nairobi could have been avoided by reading these alerts, in fact I don’t think it would have had any impact at all other than the general knowledge that Kenya may have safety issues Americans need to be aware of.
But in the real world the three benefits listed above are real tangible benefits that could not only save lives but for sure save money. Having to be evacuated because of a medical emergency, suffered at the hands of a terrorist event, if required could have medical and financial ramifications for a lifetime. The reality is that having not only the financial means to guarantee access to care if needed but the ability to know where to go to seek the best medical care available that just may save your life may be every bit as important as the money side of the equation.
If you are planning a trip overseas be it short or long-term, make sure you at least explore the options available from GeoBlue. Having a GeoBlue International Medical plan provides a worldwide, all-access pass to an exclusive level of care. Use your mobile device to quickly and conveniently connect to quality care across the globe for anything from emergency needs, to filling a simple prescription, to translating your symptoms, to finding the right doctor at home or abroad.
Get detailed profiles of carefully selected primary care physicians and specialists, as well as a broad range of hospitals, pharmacies, even dentists-where you are, when you need it. Review qualifications, make an appointment, and get directions, right from the App on your mobile device. Plus, proof of coverage is always at your fingertips, ready to show and share with providers.
Finally stay up to date about possible threats that you may face on your international journey via the GeoBlue website. One more website that you should bookmark is the U.S. State Department’s site for International Travel. If you want to explore the plans available from GeoBlue simply click the blue button below. If you have questions contact us at (619) 435-6700 or send an email to “firstname.lastname@example.org“. Let’s hope that tragedies like the one in Nairobi Kenya won’t happen again anytime soon…