International business travel is so commonplace that it’s easy to overlook potential medical risks. However, high-profile news coverage of natural disasters, terror attacks and diseases such as Ebola, although extremely rare, have many companies taking a second look at international medical insurance.

“These types of events definitely make travelers think about things other than the usual accident and sickness coverage typically found in travel insurance plans,” says Lynne Peters, insurance product manager for InsureMyTrip in Warwick, Rhode Island. “It has raised awareness, which is a good thing for the traveler. They should be aware of the different issues that could affect their travel plans.”

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