Medicare and You | Foreign Travel

Traveling outside of the United States? Medicare does not tag along. Get GeoBlue travel medical insurance coverage. Don’t leave home without it.

International Travel Medical insurance. Because you can’t count on Tyler Perry paying your health care bills.

An Atlanta couple was not allowed to leave a Mexican hospital because they did not travel medical insurance, and they couldn’t pay their $14,000 bill. Actor Tyler Perry has offered to pay their medical bills and travel costs of returning home.

Foreign Travel – Medicare Stays at Home

Many people believe Medicare will cover your health care costs when traveling outside of the country. While there are some things Medicare MAY cover, don’t count on it. Read Understanding Medicare.

Medicare usually doesn’t cover health care while you’re traveling outside the u.s. There are some exceptions, including some cases where Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) may pay for services that you get on board a ship within the territorial waters adjoining the land areas of the U.S.

Medicare and You Foreign Travel
Medicare and You Foreign Travel

Foreign Travel and Medicare

While Medicare may pay for hospital, doctor or emergency services in a foreign country, don’t count on it. You’re in the U.S. when a medical emergency occurs, and the foreign hospital is closer than the nearest U.S. hospital that can treat your medical condition.

Foreign Travel and Medicare

You’re traveling through Canada without unreasonable delay by the most direct route between Alaska and another state when a medical emergency occurs, and the Canadian hospital is closer than the nearest U.S. hospital that can treat the emergency. You live in the U.S. and the foreign hospital is closer to your home than the nearest U.S. hospital that can treat your medical condition, regardless of whether an emergency exists.

In some cases, Medicare may cover medically necessary health care services you get on board a ship within the territorial waters adjoining the land areas of the U.S. Medicare won’t pay for health care services you get when a ship is more than 6 hours away from a U.S. port.

Medicare drug plans don’t cover prescription drugs you buy outside the U.S.

International Travel Medical Insurance

Because Medicare has limited travel medical coverage outside the U.S., you may choose to buy a travel insurance policy to get more coverage. Travel insurance doesn’t necessarily include health insurance. It’s important to read the conditions or restrictions carefully.

GeoBlue Foreign Medical Coverage

Planning overseas travel? Enjoy your trip and take along GeoBlue coverage.

Actual claims paid by GeoBlue GeoBlue member from Arizona was in southern France on vacation with spouse; they were touring important architecture from the Roman Empire. While attempting to take a photograph, member fell off a ledge, suffering a severe fracture to leg. He was taken immediately by ground ambulance to a public acute facility nearby, the Hôpital Universitaire Carémeau in Nimes. Broken femur, with severe ligament tears. Due to the acute nature of the injury, immediate surgery and rod insertion to repair the break is recommended.

GeoBlue’s medical assistance team screens and approves for appropriateness of care. GeoBlue arranges direct billing at the hospital to cover the expenses. Following surgery, the patient requires inpatient care for 5 days.

GeoBlue monitors the patient’s condition throughout hospital stay. Once the member is medically cleared to fly, GeoBlue coordinates travel back to the U.S. for both the member and spouse.

This coordination includes arranging for upgraded, more comfortable seating and wheelchair assistance. GeoBlue paid over $24,000 for this medical claim.

GeoBlue Voyager Insurance

Voyager Benefits Include: Worldwide Medical Evacuation benefits Hospitalization, Surgery, Physician Office Visits, Rx and more

Access Elite Providers in 180 countries who accept direct payment from GeoBlue. GeoBlue provides travel health insurance plans and assistance services to 650,000 travelers per year. GeoBlue programs are distinguished by a contracted community of over 6,000 elite providers in 190 countries.

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