Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
11 April 2013 09:30
Many British travellers are continuing to play down the financial risk of getting sick or injured when out of the country
Nearly a quarter of British tourists are leaving themselves open to "mortgage-sized" medical bills by failing to buy travel insurance before they venture abroad, a leading industry body has said. Despite the prospect of taking a serious financial hit, travellers are continuing to play down the risk of getting sick or injured when out of the country, according to a report by the Association of British Insurers.
At present travel insurers deal with almost 5,000 claims every week, paying out a total of £4.5 million. However, there remains widespread ignorance about coverage, with 16% mistakenly believing that the UK government will pay for all medical treatment when abroad. Almost half (46%) of those quizzed did not know that a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitled them to state-provided healthcare, while a further 56% were unaware the card needed to be renewed every five years.
While the EHIC covers the full cost of medical treatment, it may not cover everything that would be free on the NHS and will not cover the cost of medical repatriation back to the UK. ABI spokesperson Malcolm Tarling said
medical travel insurance was not an option but a "must have" for travellers. "Falling ill while abroad has got to be the biggest fear of any traveller," he added. "Yet too many UK travellers are playing Russian roulette when travelling abroad by failing to protect themselves against mortgage-size expensive medical bills. In the USA for example minor operations can cost £20,000."
28 September 2016
The English tourism industry is predicted to grow faster than the overall economy every year for the next decade, according to new research.
27 September 2016
Monarch Airlines says its flights are operating as normal amid fears the firm is in financial trouble.
24 September 2016
Slim people who look physically healthy may still be at increased chance of being diagnosed with bowel cancer if they have raised insulin levels, according new research.
23 September 2016
Theresa May is being urged to give the go-ahead for flights to resume between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh by the head of the cross-party parliamentary group on Egypt.
22 September 2016
Budget airline Jet2.com is to open its first base in the south of England at Stansted.
21 September 2016
Smoking rates have dropped to the lowest level on record in England, new figures show, suggesting messages about the health effects of cigarettes are hitting home.
20 September 2016
Concerns have been raised over flight disruptions caused by heavy drinking among passengers.
17 September 2016
British Airways' decision to launch direct flights from London to Tehran earlier this month positions Iran as one of the hottest destinations to visit in 2017, according to experts.
16 September 2016
More than 100 flights have been cancelled as French air traffic controllers go on strike again.
15 September 2016
Two thirds of MPs would support an expansion at Heathrow.
14 September 2016
TripAdvisor is launching a new homepage, making the booking of holiday activities and tours even easier.
13 September 2016
Travellers are to be charged to use fast lanes to get through passport checks in an attempt to cut queues.