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Health Insurance for Americans

Hi all,

I am an American citizen planning to set off for a year-long trip, roughly April 2022 to April 2023. Do any Americans have any advice regarding how they dealt with American health insurance during extended travel? Did you maintain an insurance plan in the States while gone in addition to insurance for countries overseas, or purchase a plan that is for the entire world, including the States?

Any advice would be welcome. It's tough to figure out what makes the most sense!

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I've generally kept my US insurance while paying separately for repatriation/medivac insurance and sometimes travel insurance (which reimburses for certain expenses, like airline flights, tours, pre-booked lodging). I usually self-insure, which means go without, for local medical expenses.

The idea is that most travel stuff can be dealt with on a cash payment basis--I get an ear infection or malaria, or just need some antibiotics or motion sickness pills. In the event of a serious health issue I want a paid medivac flight home, where my US insurance will take care of it. I've never considered a worldwide plan, in part because health care is so much cheaper almost anywhere but here.

Note that the specific balance of risk vs. expense changes over time, often drastically. A lot of stuff which felt quite reasonable in my thirties, when I spent a year circling the globe with no insurance at all, would look absurdly risky now, in my sixties. On the other hand, health care and insurance were a LOT cheaper 30 years ago, even allowing for inflation and income adjustments.

Hope that's helpful.

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Thank you so much for your response! That tactic makes a lot of sense and is something I was considering, though healthcare in my home state (Maryland) seems quite expensive. I'll keep looking into this.

Anyone else's experience/advice would also be welcome!!

Thank you!
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"Health Insurance for Americans"

Hmmm what country in the americas?
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Apologies, I should have clarified--Americans from the USA.
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Me just being politically correct
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