Many of our senior clients assume that Medicare will pick up the cost of their medical claims while traveling or living abroad. Unfortunately, in almost all cases the answer is no. Medicare is simply not designed to cover medical expenses incurred outside of the U.S.
Medical claims abroad can run into the thousands of dollars – air ambulance services alone can costs over $ 25,000. However, Medicare and Medicare supplement plans do not cover these costs. This is why it is so important for senior travelers and expats to secure international health insurance coverage before they leave the U.S. As a standard feature, the international health insurance plans and international travel plans provide major medical benefits, air ambulance/emergency medical evacuation coverage as well as repatriation of remains.