People without travel insurance delay overseas treatment
27 March 2009 06:30
A lack of travel insurance cover has left a third of holidaymakers who become ill or injured on holiday reluctant to seek medical treatments abroad.
That is according to new figures by the Department of Health (DoH), which indicated that 35 per cent of injured holidaymakers have delayed treatment until they return home because they don't have holiday insurance.
The survey also indicated that only three in five people claim to have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for travel around the EU; worse still, 68 per cent of these did not know when theirs expires.
Dr Hilary Jones, resident GP for GMTV, said: "If you're travelling in Europe, it is vital that you carry a valid EHIC, as well as comprehensive travel insurance.
"The last thing you want to be thinking about when you're on holiday is paying unnecessary medical bills, which could cost thousands of pounds."
Earlier this week, the DoH warned people travelling to the Channel Islands that from the beginning of April, they will no longer be entitled to basic healthcare without holiday insurance.