MEDEX Advises Travelers to Prepare for Unexpected Financial, Health, and Security Risks in Exotic Locales
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) March 31, 2009 -- American travelers who continue travel spending in a down economy should prepare for unexpected medical and security situations that could wipe out any money saved on their bargain vacation. Old and new destinations offering steep discounts may carry risks that travelers won't find advertised.
"In many small islands and less-developed countries medical care is below international standards," warns Linda McGee, President of MEDEX Insurance Services. "Coupled with high disease risks and unyielding costs for emergency evacuation, unprepared travelers could face expenses that more than outweigh any discount obtained during booking."
Since the beginning of the year, MEDEX has experienced notable increases in traveler medical assistance cases for high-risk destinations. "Our cases for Peru have doubled compared to this same time period last year," explains McGee, "And this is in a country where there is a current outbreak of Dengue Fever - a very serious medical threat."
Other locations such as Mexico - commonly accepted as a great value due to the strength of the U.S. dollar - are suffering from concerns over security and political instability. Medical emergencies can often be the result of a traveler caught at the wrong place at the wrong time, such as during a protest-turned-riot. In fact, many of MEDEX's cases are not caused by a traveler's poor he
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