Even for a weekend trip to the USA, travel insurance can provide you peace of mind as well as coverage in the event of the unexpected.
A new report from Allianz Global Assistance Canada (AGAC) suggests that Canadians are choosing to forgo travel insurance when they embark on quick getaways. For the small savings, the risks can be huge!
The data in AGAC’s report shows that less than 1.4% of single-trip policies purchased by Canadians were for trips lasting a couple of days when Statistics Canada identifies that this year over 12.5 million Canadians travelled to the US for at least one night.
That’s a lot of people travelling with inadequate travel coverage, particularly given the costs associated with American medical care.
As Holiday season approaches, and the Black Friday sales beckoning Canadians south of the border, quick trips to the United States will surely be up. Travellers complacency regarding travel insurance for quick cross-border getaways could leave them vulnerable in the event of the unexpected.
Your provincial health care will cover a small percentage of medical expenses in the United States, but it won’t come close to the thousands of dollars that can be incurred. Forget the cost of serious injuries requiring hospital stays, or what might be required in the event of an auto accident, simply a few stitches in a hospital south of the border could cost upwards of $3,000, a sprained ankle around $2000.
We never know what might happen while travelling. It’s important to consider all the potential risks associated with travel, no matter how short the trip!
Planning a quick trip to the USA?