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Moving to Antananarivo for 3 months - Travel and health Insurance

by vtelma Online Now Mar 16, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Hello everyone.

I'm moving to Antananarivo in May and will be leaving my job and thus will be left without health insurance.

Does anyone have any advice on the best type of of travel and health insurance to get? Do I need both types or can I just get health insurance coverage.

Any help on this would be appreciated.

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    Re: Moving to Antananarivo for 3 months - Travel and health Insurance

    by Odinnthor Online Now Mar 16, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    This company has served me pretty well. They are world wide travel insurers, and have a vriety of policies that also cover health insurance for limited stays in any of the covered countries. I do not know about their health insurance coverage, or how it works, but they have been great for the travel insurance, which has covered travel within a country for at least six weeks.

    Although I was covered by each tour operator while working (I am/was a Tour Director), but I often stayed over in a country for some weeks. Give them a shot, and see what they come up with.

    Note: In your case, it would be better to deal with a travel insurance company, that also has health insurance, than a health insurance company that also does travel insurance.

    http://www.worldnomads.com/

    Good luck.....d:o)

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    Re: Moving to Antananarivo for 3 months - Travel and health Insurance

    by Odinnthor Online Now Mar 16, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    By the way, - since you are going to Madagascar, i would recommend that you ensure that you hava evac coverage included in the policy.

    Evac means medical evacuation, usually done by helicopter or similar.

    Make sure that you visit a travel medicine specialist, and since you are from the U.S. do not assume that your personal doctor knows what he/she is talking about. As a Tour manager, I can tell you some horror stories regarding members of my tours that received either uninformed, useless, or downright dangerous information from their doctors.

    Do not take any advise on what to do or how to prevent diseases from no medical people, and that includes us. Here is the medical page for Madagascar. Do see a specialist. Malaria in nothing to play with. It can and will kill you.

    wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destina...

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    by Odinnthor Online Now Mar 16, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Sorry, I could have sworn i saw a mention of arrivi9ng from the US. Although I am still a bit sceptical, I have been assured by UK travellers that your doctors in general do keep up on travel medicine. Personally I would still go to a specialist, but thought it only fair to include this information.

    Do see the doctor/specialist at lest 10 days prior to departure as you need to start malaria medication a few days prior to departure. An informed traveller is a successful traveller. Good luck......d:o)

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    by vtelma Online Now Mar 17, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Thanks - this is helpful! I've taken all my vaccinations and am stocked up on malarone. So I should be OK. My concern is that health insurance for 4 months will be outrageous. I just checked Bupa Worldwide and the price is between250 -500 per month. If you have any advice on how to get good coverage but at a more reasonable price that would be most helpful. Thanks again.

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    Re: Moving to Antananarivo for 3 months - Travel and health Insurance

    by Odinnthor Online Now Mar 17, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    I am afraid that I cannot help you with that aspect. I have never needed to buy health insurance coverage as such in another country.

    I checked the FAQ page at Nomads. The question: Do you cover me on in another country on a work visa. Take a look.

    Ask them for a quote, and compare with others.

    worldnomads.com/travel-insur...

    I would think that cost of coverage for time spent in other countries, depends greatly on the country, but would expect none of it to be cheap.

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    by vtelma Online Now Mar 30, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Thanks again for all your help. I've been reseaching the various tavel medical plans - International Medical Group, World Nomads, BUPA - and they seem to have very low ratings when it comes to claims. Do you know anyone that's used any of these companies for Travel Medical insurance?

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    by vtelma Online Now Mar 30, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Thanks again for all your help. I've been reseaching the various tavel medical plans - International Medical Group, World Nomads, BUPA - and they seem to have very low ratings when it comes to claims. Do you know anyone that's used any of these companies for Travel Medical insurance?

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    by Odinnthor Online Now Mar 30, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Not really, but I have used Nomads for my travels and never had a problem with them, and I have had to use their insurance for a claim.

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