Travel insurance plans that include benefits for unexpected medical emergencies, such as the Medical Plan, Medical + Cancellation Plan, and Annual Medical Plans offered by Allianz Global Assistance, will generally also include benefits for Medical Transportation.
If you experience a medical emergency while travelling, you may require some form of emergency medical transportation depending on the severity your situation. The following section provides an overview of these situations so you know what to expect.
Just like at home, some medical emergencies may require the help of emergency response services to get you to the hospital. In these instances, policies that include emergency medical benefits will typically cover the cost for a ground ambulance to get you to a hospital if you’re experiencing a medical emergency.
Medical evacuations may be required in two scenarios:
In both scenarios for medical evacuations, the transportation needs to be pre-approved and arranged by Allianz Global Assistance.
When you experience a serious medical emergency that requires you to be admitted to hospital, the purpose of travel insurance is to provide coverage for eligible expenses and treatment until the emergency has been treated and your condition is stable enough for you to return home to Canada.
Once your condition is stabilized, and the treating physician at the destination facility confirms you are stable to travel, Allianz Global Assistance will then usually look to repatriate you home to Canada for recovery and continued care if required.
This coordination of repatriation is a complex process that involves many parties, and is arranged by Allianz Global Assistance.
Once the patient is declared medically stable for transfer, the race to find a receiving physician in Canada begins.
Our team will first contact local hospitals starting with the catchment area of the patient’s residence (a defined geographic region within a certain distance from the patient’s residence), as Canadian hospitals always give priority to patients with addresses in their catchment area.
Once a hospital is located, several physicians are contacted, with conference calls coordinated between them and the treating physician at the destination. Once the receiving physician is in agreement to accept the patient, a bed must become available at the facility where the physician is located.
The timeline to secure a bed in Canada can take from a few hours to several weeks. Factors that impact the ability to locate a bed include:
As soon as a receiving bed becomes available, the air ambulance transport is scheduled and executed immediately, with arrangements made by Allianz Global Assistance every step along the way until the patient is settled in the receiving hospital in Canada.
Throughout the entire process, the well-being of the patient is the first priority. As such, patients will not be transported until both the treating physician and Allianz Global Assistance’s medical team have fully confirmed stability to travel, and a receiving physician and bed at an appropriate facility within the patient’s catchment area in Canada have been arranged.
Travel insurance does not cover everything. Please refer to the policy wording for full terms and conditions, including limitations and exclusions. Travel insurance is underwritten by CUMIS General Insurance Company, a member of The Co-operators Group of Companies and administered by Allianz Global Assistance. Allianz Global Assistance is a registered business name of AZGA Service Canada Inc. and AZGA Insurance Agency Canada Ltd. Please note that remuneration may be payable to the distributor of this insurance.