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A number of international healthcare providers offer medical evacuation as an add on to their policies, but some expatriates question whether it is really needed, Shelter Offshore has said.
The expatriate portal noted that while the extent of medical evacuation cover can vary, having it as part of a policy can bring benefits in a range of circumstances.
The cover can pay for costs to transport an individual to the nearest treatment centre, or in some cases to the most relevant treatment centre, even if it is further away.
Such insurance could be particularly useful for those who know that their new home has good medical facilities, but which are located some distance away, the expatriate portal suggests.
More comprehensive cover for medical evacuation could see not only the ill person, but also their family transported to the best available treatment centre, the site adds. It is therefore important for individuals to decide what level of cover they need and what works best for them.
Such considerations may be made on the basis of the quality of local services, the site adds, although expatriates may bear in mind other factors when they are choosing their cover.
Other aspects of what health cover is needed may be influenced by the level of access to local services.
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