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post #1 of 12 Old 08-16-2013, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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MedEvac Alaska

Heading to Deadhorse next July. Just wondering if anyone knows of a helicopter-rescure (MedStar, LifeFlight) type insurance available that covers BC and Alaska to Deadhorse??

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Can't answer your question, but myself along with my dad and uncle will be riding Alaska next year at the end of June.

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We'll be heading north from Eastern Washington in early July 2014. Maybe we'll meet you on the road somewhere. 2 Strom's, 2 BMW's and a KLR.

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From what you have described it sounds like this might fit the bill:

http://www.medexassist.com/Individuals/Products/MEDEXSafeTrip.aspx

Can you explain why you are focused on the helicopter aspect of medevac? Normally you don't call for a helicopter. The first responders do.

Usually when people are traveling and have a medical situation the goal is to get them stabilized and then transport them home. There are several reasons for this. The first and usually most important is because your medical history is at home.

I recommend reading the fine print on any policy you purchase. Most plans require the patient have an IV in place for transport. I don't understand all the reasons for the requirement though...
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I've got Good Sam Roadside INS. They offer the helievac ins as an extra. Not a big price for the service. It's international too, I think.
What it provides, if the print is correct, is to get yo ass to a hospital and home when the fun stops.
Auto Club should have info too.
If you are headed to AK, it might be piece of mind to have some coverage.
Then again Texas is a big empty too!
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Yes, worth checking into for such a trip. However if Canada is the same as Norway with medical coverage, you'd be covered while in the country under their health care system. Need our fellow Strommers from the North to confirm this.

I'll be departing from Oregon June of 2014, in search of the Arctic Circle to celebrate the Summer Solstice in Coldfoot/Wiseman.

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From what you have described it sounds like this might fit the bill:

http://www.medexassist.com/Individuals/Products/MEDEXSafeTrip.aspx

Can you explain why you are focused on the helicopter aspect of medevac? Normally you don't call for a helicopter. The first responders do.

Usually when people are traveling and have a medical situation the goal is to get them stabilized and then transport them home. There are several reasons for this. The first and usually most important is because your medical history is at home.

I recommend reading the fine print on any policy you purchase. Most plans require the patient have an IV in place for transport. I don't understand all the reasons for the requirement though...
I'm mainly thinking of the trip from Fairbanks to Deadhorse.....500 miles of nothing, so if there is an emergency it will most certainly be a chopper that comes to help. I'm not terribly worried about it, but my wife thinks it's a good idea. We currently have a plan that covers most of the Pacific NW states, but Canada and Ak are excluded. Just seeing what options might be out there. I realize that under normal conditions the EMS folks make that decision....I've played that role. Just thinking ahead to cover any unplanned events. Thanks for the info.

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Yes, worth checking into for such a trip. However if Canada is the same as Norway with medical coverage, you'd be covered while in the country under their health care system. Need our fellow Strommers from the North to confirm this.

I'll be departing from Oregon June of 2014, in search of the Arctic Circle to celebrate the Summer Solstice in Coldfoot/Wiseman.
Stay in Wiseman; MUCH cooler place than Coldfoot. No matter where you stay, bring the mosquito nets! You'll thank me!

Okay, on topic, I didn't do any more than confirm my coverage was good in AK and Canada before I went up in June. Had thought about some extra emergency coverage that would better cover the cost of a helo evac, but didn't get to checking it too much. Glad we didn't need it.

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".500 miles of nothing,"

That's the way a friend described it. He did it in a motorhome. 500 miles up, pissy little trees, and 500 miles back. Of course he may have been describing all of the Artic Circle destinations. It's a trip for the dedicated!
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However if Canada is the same as Norway with medical coverage, you'd be covered while in the country under their health care system.
Nope. Only for Canadian residents. Non residents will be asked, "Will you be paying by cash or credit card."

Some U.S. health insurance is valid in Canada and some isn't. U.S. Medicare is only valid while traveling the most direct route from the lower 48 to Alaska. (Note that the term "Medicare" is used for both the U.S. system for geezer coverage and Canada's universal system.)
http://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11037.pdf

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