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09 August 2011 10:32
The number of Britons needing hospital treament while abroad rose last year, figures show
More Britons needed hospital treatment while on overseas holidays during 2010/11 compared with the previous year, new figures show.
According to the latest data from the Foreign Office (FO), 3,752 Britons had to go to hospitals while abroad in the 12-month period to March 2011 - up from 3,689 during 2009/10.
Experts said the figures show just how important it is for holidaymakers to make sure they have a
travel insurance policy that covers unexpected treatment costs for illness or injuries on overseas trips.
"While delayed flights, stolen cameras or lost passports can be inconvenient, having to pay a huge medical bill after illness or injury can be devastating," said Nick Starling, ABI director of general insurance and health, Nick Starling.
"Travel insurance is there to cover your medical care and help get you home so it should be at the top of everyone's holiday checklist," he added.
Meanwhile, the FCO figures also showed fewer Britons were arrested overseas last year with the numbers falling from 6,439 in 2009/10 to 5,700 2010/11.
It is a significant improvement from the 6,919 British citizens who were held overseas during 2008/09.
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