Travellers urged over insurance

19 August 2011 09:00

People going overseas should make sure they have a comprehensive travel insurance policy

People going overseas should make sure they have a comprehensive travel insurance policy

People going on overseas holidays are being advised to make sure they have a good medical travel insurance policy in place.

Unexpected illness and accidents while abroad can be a huge drain on the pocket, which is why the Foreign Office is advising travellers to ensure they have adequate safeguards.

Hospital bills in some of the overseas destinations can be alarmingly high. For example, a recent study showed that the cost of medical care for travellers who fell ill while in the US was as high as £4,725.

The Foreign Office has an ongoing campaign that provides necessary travel advice to people going on overseas trips.

Called Know Before You Go, it recommends a series of measures that people can take to stay safe and healthy, including investment in a good travel insurance cover.

"Getting comprehensive travel insurance means that whilst an accident may disrupt your holiday, it won't bankrupt you," said spokesman Phil Lord.

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