TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ - Many travel insurance plans in Canada are
refusing to pay for medical expenses relating to the current swine flu
epidemic. Their insurance policy wordings deny coverage for travel to any
country that has been the subject of a government travel warning or advisory.
"This is a time of crisis when insurance companies should be helping
their clients" says Ross Quigley, President and C.E.O. of Medipac
International. "Rather than exclude coverage and give consumers reasons to
doubt the coverage provided in their travel insurance plan, it would be
preferable to reassure them that their travel medical insurance plan will be
there for them when they need it most."
"Travellers are reminded to read and understand their travel medical
insurance policies, carefully, so that they know exactly what they are buying
and exactly what is covered and what is not covered." added Canadian Snowbird
Association President, Don Gardiner.
Medipac Travel Insurance protects tens of thousands of Canadians who
travel to warm destinations, many for extended periods of time. Furthermore,
travel to Mexico is extremely popular as an affordable destination for
Canadians for both a long winter stay or for a brief vacation.
"In a crisis such as this, we stand behind our policies, our Medical
Assistance Team and our product. If a Canadian is faced with an illness in a
foreign country, it is our job to get them help and to get them home safely...
it's what we do!" Quigley stated.
The Medipac Travel Insurance Program has been protecting travelling
Canadians since 1982. They specialize in insuring retired Canadians who winter
in warmer climates commonly referred to as "snowbirds".
The Medipac Travel Insurance Program is endorsed exclusively by the Royal
Canadian Legion and the Canadian Snowbird Association.
For further information:
For further information: Michael MacKenzie, Research and Communications
Officer, Canadian Snowbird Association, (416) 441-7005, www.snowbirds.org;
Christopher Bradbury, Vice President, Medipac Travel Insurance, (416)