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  • Saturday, February 16, 2019

  • The Cost of Repatriation - Why Travel Insurance is a Must

    Filed Under: Health Insurance

Repatriation may not be top on your list of concerns as a student but its high cost should make you think twice about skipping travel insurance cover. You may think it’s a morbid subject – repatriation is the return of you or your mortal remains to your home country in the event of untimely death or serious injury – but it’s something to think about when considering your travel health insurance coverage.

The cost of transporting you back home for medical treatment costs upwards of $50,000. Think about how you would afford that kind of cost. Your regular health insurance will not usually pay for repatriation to the U.S. should you fall ill when studying abroad, and won’t pay for special medical assistance on a flight back to the U.S.

International student travel health insurance provides for your family should the worst happen and you need to be flown home for treatment. Travel health insurance also helps with the cost of transporting remains back to the country of origin for burial – a sad but essential task. 

While repatriation may not be an everyday concern it should be near the top of your list when thinking about your health as an international student and your level of travel health insurance cover.

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