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  • Writer's pictureAhsan Malyk

Is Medical Insurance Required For US Tourist Visa?

Purchasing health insurance for your trip overseas is an essential step, particularly if you are going to the United States. Even if you are just going to be there for a week or two and you are in good health, you have no way of knowing what the future holds.

Visitors visiting the United States who have health insurance may reduce the financial impact of any unexpected medical issues.

Should I Get Travel Insurance for the United States?

In a strict sense, no. You are exempt from the legal need to obtain health insurance in the United States. Yet, because of the very high cost of healthcare in the US, visitors are strongly recommended to do so.

Visiting a doctor in the United States for just one appointment may easily cost hundreds of dollars. If you have an accident and need to call an ambulance, just the travel to the emergency room in the ambulance may set you back thousands of dollars.

This is in addition to the expense of receiving medical care and staying in a hospital. If you do not have health insurance, you have to pay for all of the costs out of pocket. And this is about bills that may easily reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.

If you are planning to remain in the United States for more than six months, you should get insurance. You should investigate the many health insurance alternatives available in the country.

What Kinds of Medical Expenses Are Covered by US Travel Health

Insurance for Visitors?

In general, the following are included in the scope of coverage for all visitor health insurance policies in the US:

● A visit to the doctor

● Hospitalization (the cost of the hospital room)

● The price that must be paid for medication and prescription medicines

● Surgical procedures

● Services of a life-or-death nature, including the ambulance and the emergency room

● The expense associated with doing laboratory examinations and X-rays

● Physiotherapy

However, certain medical treatments, such as those listed below, are not covered by all plans:

● Dental

● Maternity

● Pre-existing condition

● AD&D (accidental death and dismemberment)

Considerations to Make Prior to Purchasing Travel Health Insurance

Even for those who live in the United States, purchasing health insurance may be a complicated and difficult process. This is especially true for foreign tourists. Therefore, before settling on a certain package to buy, ensure that you have given the following some thought:

There are several health insurance plans available, each providing a different level of coverage. Coverage amounts might vary anywhere from $25,000 to many millions of dollars.

This is the maximum amount of money that will be covered by the insurance provider for your various medical bills. It seems to reason that insurance plans with a greater quantity of coverage would be more expensive.

You have to choose a plan that has a policy maximum that is congruent with the length of time you want to remain in the United States. If you are just going to be there for a week, the maximum allowed under the policy can be lower than if you were going to be there for a month or longer.

The scope of coverage

What kinds of health insurance policies are available for tourists to purchase while they are traveling? There are two different kinds of travel health insurance policies, each with its own unique coverage:

● Plans with a predetermined level of coverage

● Plans that provide all-encompassing protection

The cost of coverage

The following three primary considerations all contribute to the overall cost of a travel health insurance plan:

The kind of protection you need and how much of it you desire. The cost of comprehensive coverage plans is higher than the cost of fixed coverage. Additionally, there are plans that cover more medical procedures and/ or emergencies.

Some of these plans can begin on the day you arrive in the United States, while other plans cover you while you are traveling. Consequently, the cost of the travel insurance plan will increase in direct proportion to the amount of coverage that you require.

The length of time

The cost of health insurance varies from person to person depending on how long they need coverage. If you get insurance for one month, you will pay more than if you purchase coverage for one week.

Your age

Your age will result in an increase in the premium cost for any travel health insurance plan you choose. In most cases, an older individual will have to pay a higher premium in order to get the same protection as a younger person.

The vast majority of health insurance providers do not provide policies for senior visitors older than 69 years old.

Therefore, if your parents are planning to come to visit you in the United States, it is imperative that you choose a suitable health insurance plan that is designed for elderly parents or visitors to the United States.

There are additional travel health insurance options available for those who are above the age of 80.

Insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions

In the United States, there are many different health insurance providers, and not all of them provide coverage for pre-existing diseases. If you have diabetes, for instance, they will not pay for the cost of your diabetic medicine if you take it while you are traveling outside of the country.

This is due to the fact that travel insurance is only to protect you in the event of an accident or an unexpected emergency that occurs while you are away from home.

On the other hand, there are several plans available for travel health insurance that provide protection in the event of the sudden emergence of a pre-existing ailment.

Protection during pregnancy

In addition, travel health insurance policies do not provide coverage for any illnesses which relate to pregnancy - at least, not for symptoms of a "normal pregnancy."

Consequently, you will be responsible for paying the costs associated with your medical care if you give birth, see a doctor for a checkup, or seek treatment for conditions such as morning sickness while you are in the United States.

There are, however, certain plans that provide travel insurance that includes coverage for issues that may arise during pregnancy. However, this coverage is restricted.

Take Away

Do not settle for the cheapest visitors' health insurance plan that you can find and call it a day, even if you are in good physical shape.

This is due to the fact that if you do end up needing medical attention while you are in the United States, the low-cost health insurance coverage will probably only cover a tiny fraction of your medical expenses, leaving most of the financial burden on your shoulders.

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