When a traveler started experiencing diabetic complications while aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Antarctica, Arch RoamRight made arrangements to transport him to an adequate medical facility.
How It Happened
In February 2017, the insured -- a male in his seventies -- started experiencing high blood sugar, seizures, and an inability to walk or stand. These complications from diabetes occurred while he was aboard an Antarctic cruise.
Requiring urgent care, the insured was initially transferred to the U.S. McMurdo Station in Antarctica, a small United States research center with a 6-bed hospital. When it was discovered the station did not have the facilities to provide
adequate care, plans needed to be made to transport the insured to a different facility.
Because the insured’s symptoms were severe, arrangements needed to be made quickly in order to get him the care he needed.
Emergency illnesses suffered in remote areas can present unique challenges in terms of transport and treatment. This is especially true for travelers on ocean cruises. Often, both medical facilities aboard cruise ships as well as local facilities
in remote areas are not equipped to handle these medical emergencies, leaving travelers stranded far from home with limited options.
While at U.S. McMurdo Station, the insured’s condition was determined to be acute, severe, and life-threatening. This required an urgent aircraft medical evacuation to Australia.
After arriving in Australia, his condition was monitored for several days until it was determined he was medically fit to fly home. The insured was flown from Australia to is home state to finish his recovery.
Cost of travel insurance policy: $72*
Amount covered by travel insurance: $215,000
The Bottom Line
Fortunately, most travelers will not experience such a situation. However, for the rare occurrence of a significant medical emergency while traveling, the savings add up quickly.
Arch RoamRight Travelers Are Prepared
Travelers who use travel insurance from Arch RoamRight have a number to call to get the help they need in these situations. Being a prepared traveler means knowing what to do in an emergency. Call Arch RoamRight at 800-699-3845 for more information
or to purchase your travel insurance policy today.
*Coverage costs vary based on age, trip length, and benefits selected. Based on a true story. Some details have been changed for privacy.