The cost of a one-month accidental death and dismemberment policy in Syria can range from $600 to $1,500 or higher depending on the degree of danger a journalist is determined to be in, said Dan Drennen, director of sales and marketing at Omaha-based TravelInsuranceCenter.com, a travel insurance aggregator experienced in helping insure individuals in danger zones.
Such a policy also comes with emergency medical evacuation, Drennen
The payout for such a policy, if insured specifically for reporting in Syria, would be approximately $1 million, Drennen
In the case of Syria, "there's a swing in the cost pendulum every day depending on the level of risk assigned by underwriters," he
"This type of insurance is especially expensive for the journalist operating on a freelance basis," Drennen
"There's no way around paying up for that kind of insurance."
and others said they have seen an increase in government contractors and businesses operating overseas in danger zones turning to this type of insurance coverage, especially since the Arab Spring.