Tips to Make a Successful Claim on Your Travel Insurance
Let us suppose - you are on a solo trip to your favorite international destination. And, you suddenly fall ill and require hospitalization for treatment. This is certainly an unpleasant situation to be in especially when you are all by yourself. However, you have the backing of a good overseas travel insurance policy that you meticulously selected as your safety net. You contacted your insurer immediately since you had the details ready with you. With Religare International Travel Insurance, you can travel worry-free and in case of any sudden sickness/hospitalization we are here to assist you
You did the right thing.
Soon, you were notified that your claim had been processed successfully.
In order to ensure you get the benefits from your travel insurance policy, you must be clear about the right procedure to make a claim. In fact, one crucial question you must ask your insurance agent when purchasing your travel plan is the procedure to make a claim.
Filing an insurance claim for the first time could be a little perplexing. Even if you have made claims earlier, it is always good to read the steps once to avoid hassles later.
We explain below the things you must do for making a successful travel insurance claim.
Read the Policy Details Thoroughly
An international travel insurance policy gives you financial protection when you face not just a medical emergency but also incur unexpected non-medical expenses.
You must be clear about what benefits your travel plan offers you. Thoroughly read the policy documents and understand its features, the terms and conditions, and exclusions.
Before embarking on your journey, remember to note down the policy details like Customer ID and your insurer’s contact details.
Keep Documents Handy
It is extremely essential to carry copies of vital documents that will be required for making an insurance claim. Even better, keep another set of copies in a secure place at your home. You may have to provide proof of expenses, hence keep the receipts of all your purchases securely. In fact, you will require proofs in various scenarios like loss/delay of checked-in baggage, flight delays, etc. Make sure proofs like medical reports are dated
Maintain documents of other insurance policies you have opted for. This is because you may be required to contact your travel agency or health insurance provider first before approaching your overseas travel insurance provider for making a claim.
Report Thefts and Incidents
Despite keeping vigil, if you lose your belongings or encounter an accident, then you will be required to make a police complaint or approach the airlines/ local authorities/ hotel to report the matter.
You will be required to furnish proofs of any incident, for which you are making a claim, by providing a complete written record of facts. Police reports are vital documents that your insurer may ask for before processing your claim.
Inform Your Insurer Early
Your insurer may have specified the time limit for making a claim. Make sure you adhere to the same. Often, for emergency hospitalization, you may have to appraise your insurance company within 24 hours of your admission. In the case of planned hospitalization, the time limit could be longer, say 48 hours.
Inform your insurer when you receive emails pertaining to payment from a hospital or recovery agency abroad. In case of cashless Mediclaim, you must keep the list of your insurer’s network hospitals. You will also be required to obtain and submit a pre-authorization form.
For reimbursements, you need to furnish the duly signed claim form along with the required documents, as listed below:
- Photo identity proof
- Referral letter from your Medical practitioner advising hospitalization
- Medical prescriptions advising medication/diagnostic tests/consultation
- Original bills, receipts and discharge card from the hospital
- Bills/ payment receipts from pharmacy/chemists/ pathological/diagnostic tests and medical reports
- Indoor case papers
- First Information Report (FIR), final police report, post-mortem report (if applicable)
Adhere to the instructions given by your insurer. After a successful review of your case, your request for the claim will be processed. It is, therefore, important for you to keep in touch with your insurer during all stages of your claim process.
Religare Travel Insurance offers you the right overseas travel insurance policy for your journey abroad and ensures a hassle-free claim processing.