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Pregnancy travel insurance FAQs

Cover-More understands that travelling pregnant can bring a whole new set of concerns and questions. To help we have put together frequently asked questions about pregnancy travel insurance to help you plan your journey. Visit our Pregnancy travel insurance page for helpful tips and information on purchasing your policy. 

If I’m pregnant, can I buy this travel insurance?

If you’re pregnant now (Congratulations!) you can buy our policy however, there are cover restrictions you should be aware of. Also, you’ll need to apply for cover if you’ve had complications with this or a previous pregnancy, if you’re having more than one baby (e.g. twins or triplets) or if the baby was conceived medically (e.g. using fertility treatment such as IVF).

What are the pregnancy restrictions?

Whether or not you have to apply for pregnancy cover, these restrictions apply to claims arising in any way from the pregnancy of any person:

Cover is only provided for serious, unexpected pregnancy complications that occur up until the 24th week of pregnancy i.e. up to 23 weeks, 6 days. Gestational age is measured in weeks and days and is calculated from the last known date of your menstrual period or calculated from staging ultrasound.

Childbirth is not covered.

Costs relating to the health or care of a newborn child are not covered, irrespective of the stage of pregnancy when the child is born.

For restrictions on flying that you might need to consider before booking travel, visit our airline restrictions placed on pregnant travellers page.

Will my medical bills be covered if I give birth on my trip?

No. Costs to give birth or care for a newborn child, regardless of the stage of pregnancy at which the child is born, are not covered.

Expectant mothers should consider whether they travel with our policy, particularly if travelling beyond the 20th week of pregnancy. Costs to give birth and for neonatal care overseas are expensive.

Will the fact that I got pregnant through IVF change my coverage? 

Yes. If you know you’re pregnant when you buy our policy and the conception was medically assisted (e.g. by using hormone therapies or IVF) you’ll need to apply for cover. Complete a medical assessment online with your quote or call us on 0800 500 225.

If I’m currently undergoing fertility treatment but I’m not yet pregnant do I need to fill in a medical assessment?  

Yes. If you’re currently undergoing any fertility treatment such as hormone therapies or IVF you will need to fill in a medical assessment online.

If I miscarry or suspect that I am about to miscarry while overseas, what should I do?

You should seek prompt medical review if you’re pregnant and develop any pain or bleeding. You can also call our 24 hour Emergency Assistance Team: they can point you in the direction of the most appropriate medical facility for you based on your location.

If I suffer a miscarriage overseas, am I covered?

Firstly, we’re sorry to hear if this has occurred. Our 24 hour Emergency Assistance Team will be available to assist you as best they can. If you satisfy the policy conditions outlined in the Policy Wording, then we will be able to cover the medical expenses for things including the medical review, investigation, medication or surgery required due to an unexpected, serious medical complication.

What do I do if I need unexpected, immediate treatment overseas related to my pregnancy?

For immediate treatment, call the local emergency services if you need an ambulance or head to the nearest hospital. Call our 24 hour Emergency Assistance Team as soon as you can (or have someone call us on your behalf) and we can assist with your claim and monitor your medical care to ensure you receive the medical attention you need.

What do I need to get/provide to make a claim?

We’ll need a medical report from overseas, information from your GP (depending on how far along you are), information on your medical history and itemised bills showing the cost of any treatment you received. Once a claim is approved, we’ll deal directly with the hospital and can usually make payment directly so you can focus on recovering.

Am I covered if I need to terminate the pregnancy overseas?

There is no cover under the policy for any elective procedures, such as terminating a pregnancy. The policy only includes cover for unexpected, serious medical complications of pregnancy before the 24th week.

I have already bought a Cover-More policy and have now found out I am pregnant. Does this affect my policy?

If you’ve already bought your policy and then found out you are pregnant there’s no need to make any changes to your policy. Please be aware of the pregnancy restrictions on the policy.

 

Still unsure? 

Call our helpful customer service team on 1300 72 88 22 or read the Product Disclosure Statement