Scheduled vs. Comprehensive Medical Plans: Which Do You Need?

  • Julia Peterson
Aug 21, 2017

The biggest difference between our main travel medical insurance plans is the difference between a comprehensive plan and a scheduled benefits plan. This difference is pretty substantial, so you may want to know what you’re looking at before you purchase. Plus, it just makes travel insurance a lot easier to understand!

Check out this quick guide that will help you decide which plan you need.

IMPORTANT BEFORE READING:

Inbound® Visitor Insurance plans are SCHEDULED BENEFITS plans.

Liaison® Travel Medical Insurance plans are COMPREHENSIVE BENEFITS plans

If you're traveling into the United States and you're not a US citizen, either plan is right for you! Continue reading to understand the differences between plans and decide which one works best for your trip.

Comprehensive Benefits Plans

These plans are fairly straight-forward. You’ll see on our website that you can choose your medical maximum and deductible. The medical maximums range from as low as $15,000 all the way to $5,000,000 in coverage. For deductibles, you can customize your plan with one as low as $0 and as high as $5,000. Plans with a low medical maximum and high deductible will be the lowest in price while plans with a low deductible but high medical coverage will be priced higher.

Coinsurance is the percentage that we’ll pay and the percentage that you’ll pay. For example, you may see that a plan offers “After you pay the deductible, we pay 75% of expenses to the medical maximum.” This means that we pay 75%, and you pay 25% of eligible expenses.  Plain and simple. If it’s covered, you’ll only be paying 25% of your medical bill.

This percentage goes for almost all types of services. Need an x-ray? We cover 75% of the cost. Need to stay overnight in the hospital? We cover 75% of the cost. Some services will not be covered at the same percentage, but those details will be shown in your coverage document. These may include dental, emergency assistance services, and expenses to treat pre-existing conditions.

Seven Corners' travel medical insurance plans with comprehensive benefits

The Liaison Travel Medical plans are designed for both United States citizens traveling out of the United States as well as non-US citizens traveling into the United States or other applicable countries that are not on our restricted country list. Coverage options will vary whether you are traveling out of the US or traveling to the US. For non-US citizens traveling to the United States, Liaison travel medical plans will utilize the UnitedHealthcare network of providers.

The Liaison plans offer three different plans options:

  • Liaison Travel Economy: lowest level of benefits with coverage up to 364 days. Best for healthy individuals traveling on a budget.

  • Liaison Travel Choice: mid-range level of benefits; this is Seven Corners' most popular plan option. Also has coverage up to 364 days.

  • Liaison Travel Elite: the highest level of benefits and recommended most by Seven Corners because of its maximum protection. Available up to 364 days but is renewable for up to 3 years.

Getting a quote for a Liaison plan takes less than 30 seconds. If you're ready to purchase your plan, the application process takes between 4-5 minutes to complete. No health questions are asked and coverage begins at midnight on the day you have selected to start the plan. These plans are guaranteed issue!

Ready to get your custom quote and buy a plan directly with Seven Corners? Click to follow this link >>

Scheduled Benefits Plans

Scheduled benefit plans are more detailed, and often more affordable. However, while they are MORE affordable with less the upfront cost, often times they can end up being more costly because of the limited medical maximums on a PER VISIT basis. For these plans, instead of choosing a percentage, you’ll choose a medical maximum, deductible, and plan type. The plan type, instead of paying a certain percentage, will pay a certain dollar amount for each different service you may need.

For example, in your plan, you may see: “Surgical treatment: Up to $5,800.”  This is essentially the limit that we will pay after you’ve met your deductible. Anything over that dollar amount, you would be responsible to pay. The coverage document shows these limits for every type of service you would need. You can always refer to your plan and know exactly how much we’ll pay for everything you need.

Seven Corners' Inbound visitor health insurance plans with scheduled benefits

The Inbound Visitor Insurance plans offered by Seven Corners are designed specifically for non-US citizen travelers who are leaving their home (resident) country to visit another country for either short or extended period of time. Typically, we see our Inbound plans are purchased by travelers who are visiting the United States. Our highest selling scheduled benefits plan is Inbound Guest and the average traveler uses the coverage for 90 days. 

The Inbound plans offer three different options:

  • Inbound Guest: our most popular scheduled benefits plan available for non-US citizens for visits up to 180 days.

  • Inbound Choice: our second most popular scheduled benefits plan available to non-US citizens between the ages of 14 and 69; coverage from anywhere from 5 to 364 days and renewable for up to 2 years.

  • Inbound Immigrant: long-term coverage for non-US citizens who plan to stay in the US for an extended period of time; the Inbound Immigrant plan is renewable for up to 5 years.

Because the three Inbound plans differ so much, quotes can only be seen by selecting one individual plan. Similar to Liaison insurance for international travelers, it only days 30 seconds or less to get a quote and no more than 5 minutes to purchase a plan.

Start your Inbound (scheduled benefits) visitor insurance quote by clicking on the links below

Quote for Inbound Guest

Quote for Inbound Choice

Quote for Inbound Immigrant

So now you can look at the two plans and decide which you need. If you’re looking for an affordable plan that pays certain amounts, you may choose a scheduled benefits plan, like one of our Inbound plans listed above. If you’re looking for something with more coverage all around, you may choose a comprehensive benefits plan, like one of our Liaison plans, also listed above. Each one can be tailored to fit your needs, and we can make sure you’re satisfied by being able to pick the coverage amounts you think will be best for your family.

As always, Seven Corners is here to help! If you need details or have questions before finalizing the purchase of your plan, please feel free to reach out to our sales department. You can chat online (by clicking the orange chat button below), or call us at 800.335.0611. 

About the Author

Julia Peterson

Julia Peterson joined the Seven Corners Customer Service team in February 2016. She is known as a writer and photographer, an extrovert, and master of the Rubik’s cube. She works from home in Virginia where she lives with her husband and her orange, half-blind cat, Murphy.

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