Updated: 09 June 2023

What Does Evacuation Mean?

An evacuation, in the context of insurance, refers to coverage under travel insurance for transportation to a suitable medical facility if an insured traveler experiences a health emergency. This coverage pays for the safe transfer of the insured to the nearest medical facility. Some travelers reserve the option to choose their receiving hospital by adding “hospital of choice” coverage.

Insuranceopedia Explains Evacuation

Most medical evacuation plans will arrange everything related to the transfer of the insured to the medical facility. This transfer, however, does not mean it covers the cost of medical services once the insured is admitted. Also, it does not follow that the insured will be repatriated to his home country after recovering from his hospital treatment. If the insured wants these benefits, they must include the additional benefits in their travel insurance policy.

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