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Posted Nov 10 2008 4:24pm

Something to think about if you travel.  This is a good article that makes a lot of points and gives some real good information.  BD

I learned later that the cost of a medical evacuation from China to a hospital in the United States would have been about $50,000 and it would not have been covered by my existing medical insurance.

I'm a believer

Yes, medical evacuation -- if you end up paying for it yourself -- is expensive. Recently, the doctor aboard my cruise ship in the South China Sea said it could easily cost close to $100,000 to arrange an air evacuation at sea.

These days I buy medical evacuation insurance, which generally takes care of immediate expenses and brings you back home as soon as possible.

Roy Berger, president of MedjetAssist, outlined his company's annual emergency evacuation policy: "If your condition is critical and you can gain inpatient status at the hospital at both ends, we will bring you home from abroad in a dedicated air ambulance to the hospital of your choice."

Members of the American Automobile Association can also get emergency transport through the "Plus" plan that provides up to $25,000 of emergency medical transportation coverage and 24-hour medical emergency assistance.

ContraCostaTimes.com - Sick abroad? I wanna go home

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