To the editor:
My husband and I love to travel and we own timeshares in the U.S.A. As my husband recently turned 80 years of age, we found that travel medical insurance has dramatically increased in cost for him. He does have a couple of minor health issues, but the main issue is his age. Some companies will not cover him at all, and out of five who would, the cheapest we could find charged $42 per day for emergency medical coverage and trip cancellation until age 85, and then no more coverage.
We were alarmed and concerned that this would add $300-$420 to any seven- to 10-day vacation out of Canada.
We have always been members of the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF), and make monthly donations automatically to that group. We noticed a full-page ad in their recent magazine, advertising travel insurance. After calling for a quote, we were delighted to be told that this insurance had no age limit, and, in spite of his health issues, both of us would be covered up to $5 million in emergency medical for just $57 per month, on their family plan. This is available to CWF members only and we pay only a $10 per month donation to be members.
While this organization does wonderful work preserving wildlife habitat and protecting endangered species, we can now thank them for extending our travel lives for many years.