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Travel Insurance

Posted date : Sep 30, 2019.

I will be turning 70 next year and am trying to understand the premium increase clip levels at 70 and 75?

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Drug-dispensing fee

Posted date : May 14, 2019.

We go south for five months. I had my prescription filled to cover 180 days. ONE pill (thyroid) ONE prescription. The pill cost was just under $20.00 and the dispensing fee was just under $19.00. I was charged two dispensing fees, as they said that 100 pills was the max on one dispensing fee. Am […]

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Dental work

Posted date : May 14, 2019.

My wife is looking at getting implants at a dentist in Los Algodones and we are wondering if anyone else has had any experience with this, or if CSA has any recommendations with regards to this. David Meace Edmonton AB Response : Ed.: Our recommendation at this time is similar to the Canadian government’s travel […]

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A Medical Question for Bird Talk

Posted date : May 14, 2019.

On page 9 of the summer 2017 CSANews, in the Bird Talk section, the editor talked about travel insurance and “the regular care and monitoring of a chronic condition.” Having “an incredible battery of tests at a bus in a pharmacy parking lot for $149” sounds great, until a situation requiring out-of-province medical attention arises […]

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Question about blood pressure medication

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017.

In the fall 2016 issue, a writer asked if blood pressure medication containing both hydrochlorothiazide and another medication was considered as ONE medication. Your reply was “it is only counted as one pill (medication).” I, as an RN, was rather surprised at this…should this not be explained on the application form? Something to the effect […]

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Routine tests

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017.

If a person requires routine tests, for example blood work or an ECG that is not an emergency while they are in the U.S., how is that arranged and paid for? Laurel Pettigrew Cochrane, AB Response: Ed: No travel insurance policy covers non-emergency treatment or routine care for a chronic condition that requires monitoring. You […]

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Quit Smoking

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017.

This is a shout-out to J. Ross Quigley for his article in the summer 2016 issue in which he referred to laser treatment to stop smoking. As any former or current smoker knows, quitting is very hard. Having been a smoker for more than 50 years, I failed with every quitting method offered by my […]

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Shingles Shot

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017.

During my recent doctor’s appointment, I asked about getting the shingles shot but mentioned that I didn’t know whether I had had chicken pox as a child. Her recommendation was to get a blood test to determine whether I had the chicken pox virus in my system. If the test is negative, I am to […]

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Vaccinations

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017.

Do you recommend getting a shingles shot? We winter in Palm Springs. Thanks. Delores DAlberta Response: Ed; Absolutely!! And the two pneumonia shots, as well. And the flu shot every year before you travel. Past-president Gerry Brissenden ended up with a case of shingles a few years ago and it was brutal. Medipac has five […]

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Prescribed Medications

Posted date : Nov 6, 2017.

Section C, question 6b on the Medipac Travel Insurance Application asks if you have been prescribed three or more medications for hypertension. One of my medications is a combination of Ramipril/Hydrochlorothiazide in one pill. To answer that question correctly, is this considered one medication or two when applying for travel insurance? Patrick L Huntsville, ON […]

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