Preparation is Key for a Rewarding Snowbird Travel Season

Release date : Jul 21, 2016

TORONTO, July 20, 2016 /CNW/ - Spending the winter in the sunny south sure beats contending with the ice and snow of our Canadian winters. If you are truly going to enjoy the fruits of the snowbird lifestyle experience, preparation is key. The most important consideration is your health and that of your loved ones.

Some people regard travel medical insurance as an added expense or luxury, but the Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA) and its medical travel insurance provider Medipac Travel Insurance warn that even small, unexpected medical issues can lead to tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

"Today, travelling without supplemental health insurance is akin to gambling with your life savings," said CSA president Bob Slack. "Provincial government health-insurance plans do not cover full medical expenses outside of Canada and 85-95% of any medical bills will usually be your responsibility."

Many people feel that they are adequately covered through their credit card or an employer benefit plan but, often, these have restrictive limits and conditions and should not be depended upon without a careful reading of the actual insurance policy.

The Canadian Snowbird Association urges all travelling Canadians to obtain travel medical insurance before leaving Canada. For the 24th consecutive year, the Canadian Snowbird Association has endorsed the travel medical insurance packages of Medipac Travel Insurance.

Medipac Travel Insurance is pleased to announce that the Early Bird Travel Insurance® discount is now available.

Early Bird purchasers receive an immediate discount of 5%, and if you qualify, you can earn up to a 10% Claims-Free Discount. Medipac has also increased their Loyalty Credits. Medipac clients can receive an additional 1% discount for each year travelled with Medipac for up to eight years; another potential 8% premium reduction.

The Medipac Early Bird Travel Insurance® discount is only available until August 8, 2016.

For further information: Evan Rachkovsky, Director of Research and Communications, Canadian Snowbird Association, (416) 441-7062,