Probability in Health and Medicine, Economics –
You’ve reserved your flights and hotels, got your passport, and maybe even selected your wardrobe. But if you’re traveling abroad, have you planned what you’ll do if you become sick or injured? Where you’ll go for medical treatment, how you’ll pay for it, and how quickly you’ll be able to get back home?
The answers can be tricky. Though most big health insurers advertise coverage for emergency and urgent care abroad, “their standard policies offer only the bare minimum,” says Devon Herrick, Ph.D., a senior fellow and health economist at the National Center for Policy Analysis. “A life-threatening emergency visit may be covered,” he says, but you might have to return to the U.S. for follow-up care.