Visitor Insurance: Comprehensive vs. Limited
Most visitors insurance plans fall under two types: comprehensive coverage plans and limited coverage plans. Simply put, limited plans are usually less expensive, but they don't provide as much coverage. On the other hand, comprehensive plans are a bit more expensive, but they provide more extensive coverage in situations in which medical attention is needed.
Below is an explanation of the two main types of visitor medical insurance plans for international travelers to the U.S. These type of plans are known by various other names like international travel insurance, visitor health insurance, visitor medical insurance, or overseas travel health insurance.
Many international and national insurance companies offer insurance plans to visitors and travelers worldwide. Irrespective of the insurance company's size or name, visitor's insurance essentially falls under two broad categories: limited and comprehensive.
Enhanced benefits package in comparison to limited coverage plans. Best suited for higher risks or anticipated substantial expenditure.
Provides basic coverage. Ideal for general or basic service that covers lower risks.
Most comprehensive travel insurance plans work like PPO plans, where the insured's liability is the deductible and you also have co-insurance.
Basic coverage, all possible medical treatment/service cost is pre-determined. Example: each doctor visit is covered for $X.
Most of them are like PPO plans and have a PPO network, implying a greater acceptance inside the network at higher discounted rates.
May or may not be included in PPO network. You can visit any doctor. Hospital expenses will be paid as per the pre-determined rates stated in the policy.
You may visit any doctor. However, it's advisable to visit a facility within the provider network, if a PPO network is available.
Yes, no matter which doctor you visit, the plan will pay only a pre-defined limit per doctor visit for the services taken.
Most of them include travel related coverage within the insurance bundle. This may offer you protection against trip cancellations, baggage loss, terrorism attacks, etc.
Low premium (low cost)
These are some common features people need to look out for before purchasing a plan. Also, check for factors like hospitalization, evacuation, surgery etc., in detail in the respective brochures or write-ups, once you have decide on the type of plan that would be perfect for your needs.Why comprehensive plans are preferred
Plan features listed here are high level, provided for your convenience and information purpose only. Please review the Evidence of Coverage and Plan Contract (Policy) for a detailed description of Coverage Benefits, Limitations and Exclusions. Must read the Policy Brochure and Plan Details for complete and accurate details. Only the Terms and Conditions of Coverage Benefits listed in the policy are binding.