Allianz Global Insurance

When travelling abroad, most Canadians feel safe to explore their new surroundings after researching the area and planning a detailed itinerary.

Unfortunately, this security can quickly disappear when a medical emergency occurs. In addition to the usually challenges one faces in an emergency, you may also have difficulty accessing treatment in a strange country and the uncertainty surrounding the quality of care.

When entering a hospital overseas, you transition from being a tourist who is viewed as a lucrative source of income, to becoming a foreigner that is seen in most cases as an additional cost and risk to an already strained healthcare system.

Hospitals can be unsettling places at the best of times, but language barriers, unfamiliar processes, and requests for upfront payment only add to the chaos.

Thankfully, you can prepare for these unexpected situations by ensuring you have Emergency Medical travel insurance coverage that is backed by a globally recognized and trusted brand, and supported by an audited, worldwide network of quality medical providers.

Assisting Canadian travelers for 25 years, Allianz Global Assistance offers the support of its fellow Allianz Global Assistance business units in 29 countries around the world. Allianz Global Assistance provides unparalleled global support with a local touch when assisting Canadians as they travel abroad.

In addition to this global reach, Allianz Global Assistance maintains an audited network of medical providers around the world, focusing on areas of widespread tourism and in places where the quality of treatment may be inconsistent with Canadian standards. Providers within this network are visited and audited by Allianz Global Assistance doctors who develop detailed reports that include photos, information on available services and equipment, and quality scores.

“Allianz Global Assistance’s worldwide support network is an ideal example of how the true value of travel insurance is not only demonstrated in the provision of cover for unexpected medical costs, but in the emergency assistance and after care services provided when these medical emergencies occur,” notes Martin Lyons, Deputy CEO of Allianz Global Assistance’s Canadian business unit.

“Before the patient even arrives at the hospital, we will have already notified the front desk of the incoming patient and, whenever possible, will arrange for direct billing so that the patient does not have to pay out of his or her pocket. This level of support will mean the difference between a very lengthy, stressful and costly trip to the hospital, or a fast and easy turnaround for admittance, diagnosis and treatment,” says Lyons.

In cases where a patient must be admitted, Allianz Global Assistance will closely manage the care of the patient; coordinating communications with the patient’s treating physician and their primary physician at home, managing medical transport back to Canada if required, all the while keeping family members up to date on the status of their care.

Next time you’re booking a trip, ensure you are buying travel insurance from a globally trusted supplier like Allianz Global Assistance. This necessary step will ensure you will be treated as a valued tourist for your whole trip, regardless of what unexpected emergencies might arise.

Call 18665208823 or visit www.allianz-assistance.ca