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International medical insurance

originally posted: 11/22/2006  reposted: 2/18/2011 This post has not been recently reviewed or revised by the author and may be out of date. If you notice an error or are in doubt, please send a new question by email or ask for an update. Email

Q: I am an Italian university professor, working and living in Italy; in the past I used to spend, almost every year, one or two months a year working in a National Laboratory. My son works and lives in Albany NY, his wife is an American citizen. This year my wife and myself plan to visit our son and his wife from July 26 until to August 25. I wonder if you can send me the instruction and the offer to buy a short-term medical insurance covering my wife and myself for this period of time. If it is possible, I prefer a plan having a large deductible amount.

A: Any of the international short term medical insurance policies listed at will work but I suggest you use the "policy picker" online software available from the "Get a Quote" link at to help sort through the available plans. Online pricing and enrollment is simple, safe and self-explanatory.


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