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Lewis: EHIC no substitute for travel insurance

26 January 2009 09:02

Lewis: EHIC no substitute for travel insurance

Money expert Martin Lewis has warned holidaymakers that having a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not a substitute for travel insurance.

The host of the channel five television show It Pays to Watch has written a section in the Manchester Evening News revealing the helpful items he takes with him on holiday in his second wallet.

One of which is an EHIC which provides a traveller with free health care throughout the EU.

However, Mr Lewis states that travel insurance is also necessary because an EHIC "doesn't include repatriation, baggage loss, flight cancellation or legal indemnity insurance".

Also he adds that comprehensive travel insurance is needed to cover certain medical procedures.

Other advice given by Mr Lewis to help holidaymakers save money include, saving currency from past holidays to prevent the need to change up as much money and to get a credit card which doesn't include a foreign exchange load.

And research from has stated that two thirds of British travellers are losing money on holiday by taking the wrong financial options.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18675107-ADNFCR