AXA Assistance USA
The AXA Platinum plan provided the best mix of trip and medical protection of the many I had to choose from on InsureMyTrip. My only complaint is the lackluster level of response I got from their customer service and claims department when I filed a medical claim.
My wife passed out and was unresponsive for several minutes on one of our first days of the trip. At a doctor's suggestion we took her to an International Medical Clinic location in Beijing. There they performed many tests and gave her a saline drip and pills to take after leaving the clinic. The charge was just under $1,700. I had the clinic call the AXA claims number at the time of service and they were advised that I should pay the bill and submit the claim once I returned home. That was OK with me. I then e-mailed the AXA claims department to summarize the incident and ask for directions on how to process the claim. I got no response, so several days later I resent the e-mail and finally received a reply with instructions for claim filing.
The day after returning home I filled out the required forms and sent all the information via USPS Priority Mail to AXA. I also sent an e-mail telling them to expect the claim and asking them to let me know when it arrived and if any additional information was needed. They received the claim on 9/23/15 but did not notify me that it had arrived. I followed up with another e-mail on 10/5/15 to ask for a status report. I was finally notified by e-mail on 10/13/15 that the claim had been received and on 10/16/15 that it had been approved. So, AXA honored the claim as they should have and all is well from a reimbursement point of view.
My complaint is the unresponsiveness of the claims department. All e-mails from a customer should be acknowledged within 24 hours if to do nothing else than to say that they were aware of the claim and the e-mail. Once a claim is received the customer should be notified within 24 hours and given some idea of what to expect in terms of processing time. To wait to acknowledge receipt of a claim for several weeks in unacceptable. Claimants want to know that documents have been received and the status of processing their claim. I can't believe this would be burdensome for AXA and would be of a real benefit to the customer.
All's well that ends well. I just hope that AXA can improve their customer response procedures. A claim may be a small thing for them but a big thing to the client.
John H. would
recommend this plan to a friend or relative.
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