MetLife Offers Medical Coverage for International Business Travelers

October 19, 2011 ( – MetLife has announced the availability of International Business Travel Medical (IBTM) coverage.

IBTM provides assistance and coverage for emergency and urgent medical care for employees traveling on short-term assignments outside their country of residence. It allows business travelers to seek emergency and urgent medical care from any licensed doctor or hospital when outside of their home country.   

According to the announcement, coverage includes physician and medical facility care as well as related prescription drugs. Using a dedicated telephone number, business travelers can, around-the-clock, receive pre-screened doctor and hospital referrals and learn which providers are part of a direct settlement network so that out-of-pocket spending is reduced or eliminated.   

The 24/7 assistance also includes translation services, emergency medical evacuations, family bedside visitations, emergency cash transfers, and embassy or consulate referrals. There are no exclusions for pre-existing conditions.   

Additional optional features include:  

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage;  
  • Dependent medical coverage for spouses or children also traveling on the trip; and  
  • Coverage during leisure travel associated with the short-term business assignment.  


IBTM offers multiple plan design options so companies can customize a benefit program based on their budgets and the needs of their employees.  

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