June 17, 2015
From the CEO
I recently encountered a colleague, Inger Sheinbaum, an experienced air ambulance flight nurse working in Europe. As a healthcare professional, she understands the importance of travel insurance and why it is needed. Inger took the time to share her unique perspective on this topic. With summer arriving, this information becomes more valuable to know and understand. Please take the time to read Inger’s thoughts on investing in travel insurance. Once you have read the article, you may want to consider AFSPA’s travel insurance plan for added protection during your summer travels.
Paula S. Jakub, RHU
For the past 25 years, I have accompanied ill and injured Scandinavians from all over the world as they transported back to Scandinavia for further treatment. My travels have taken me from the most remote corners to the biggest metropolitan cities. Everyone I have ever transported wanted to get home, to be in their own culture, their own language, and their own medical facilities.
There are many reasons to research a good travel insurance plan. As an escort nurse for a European company, I have seen only one patient that did not have insurance. His parents had to sell their house to get their son home from New York and to pay his medical expenses. As you do not want this to happen to you, I recommend taking steps to prevent a similar situation.
Buying a plan increases your overall safety. There are some places in the world that would not be wise to have major surgery. The best alternative would be to get stabilized and get home for treatment. Once an accident or illness occurs, contact your travel insurer immediately. They will communicate with the local doctors and hospitals. And the insurance company will arrange for transportation in the fastest, most sensible routing.
If needed, your insurance will assign a doctor or nurse, to travel with you. There is nothing you have to do, except to have your passport ready. Everything else will be handled for you, all because you took the time to buy travel insurance. There are many reputable American travel insurers including the plan offered by AFSPA. Travel insurance could mean the difference between life and death, or economic ruin. Good luck and Safe Travels!
AFSPA Note: We offer an excellent travel insurance plan that includes Medically Necessary Repatriation along with other great benefits. The program is flexible and affordable. Please click here to learn more.