TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Robert Woodcock, also known as Builder
Bob, wants a guarantee of coverage with his travel health insurance.
His search for denial-free coverage--for himself and other
Canadians--will be the focus of a month-long series of stories on the
Travel Insurance File website.
Like thousands of other Canadians, the 72-year-old retiree aims to visit
the southern United States each winter. But he is nervous about the
cost of medical emergency care while there, and whether travel
insurance for him and his wife Lynn will cover the potential expense.
"I sit there poolside and I am constantly thinking: Do I really have
coverage? I [won't] know until I make a claim."
So the part-time hockey goalie set out on a mission, and he agreed to
let writer James Daw tag along. Now, in the Concerned Snowbird Series, Daw will explore the proposals, questions, and worries of the
retired home renovator.
Does Robert have any reason to worry? Can he and Lynn overcome their
latest health uncertainty before their next trip? Is his dream of
denial-free coverage realistic? Do insurers need to change, or do
travellers? Might provincial governments restore out-of-country medical
coverage, if travellers would pay the cost? If not, what role could
doctors and consumers play to lift the number of paid claims from the
recent average of more than 94 per cent a year?
President of the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada, John
Thain, explains that a lot of uncertainty could be eliminated once
provinces compile digital records of a person's health file, and make
it simple for willing residents to share their information with travel
"Maybe that's a kind of utopia," he says. "But it would eliminate a lot
of confusion." "Insurers don't enjoy denying claims."
2013/10/15 - Introduction: Meet Robert Woodcock. Hockey Lover. Avid Traveller.
2013/10/17 - Part 1: Travel Insurance Scares Bob More Than Flying Pucks
2013/10/22 - Part 2: Why the Provinces Won't Offer Bob's Dream Coverage
2013/10/24 - Part 3: Can Bob Count On His Travel Policy?
2013/10/29 - Part 4: Claim Denied! How Sonja and Others Fought Back
2013/10/31 - Part 5: Just How Many Travel Insurance Claims Are Denied?
2013/11/5 - Part 6: 'Builder Bob' has a PHD*… and a New Mission
Coming next year: A video summary of the Concerned Snowbird Series. Stay tuned!
About Travel Insurance File (TIF)
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Canadian snowbirds and out-of-country travellers make an informed
travel insurance purchase before their trip.
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