Sainsbury's reveals high costs of failing to take out travel insurance

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If you go on holiday and are unfortunate enough to have an accident or get ill and require medical treatment, you could be in for a nasty shock if you don’t have travel insurance.

That was the warning from Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance which published the results of a survey it carried out on the hospital bills that travellers can expect to pay if they fall ill or have an accident whilst on holiday.

Based on claims made in 2010, Sainsbury’s revealed that the average medical claim for Brits abroad is now £1,333.41.

That may be a nasty surprise for some people, but it goes to show just how much money you can save by purchasing the right travel insurance before you go on holiday.

Out of the 10 countries surveyed, the most expensive country for medical claims was revealed as the United States, which had an average medical bill of £4,725.75. This was way ahead of the second on the list, Thailand, with an average bill of £1,937.82.

The cheapest destination was Greece where the average bill came to £422. That may not sound like too much, but when you consider that you can get travel insurance for a great deal less it makes sense to have protection.

The countries where the most tourists sought medical assistance were Spain, Turkey and Greece in that order.

The amounts quoted above are for the average medical claims in each country. However, if you suffer from cardiac problems whilst abroad then you can expect to pay an average of £8,148 for treatment. Fractured and broken bones are also expensive, with the average cost of treatment £4,238.87.

The most common problem abroad was ear infections, and the average cost for treatment for this was £320.

Scott Gorman from Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance said that healthcare costs are rising faster than the rate of inflation in many countries, so travel insurance is essential.


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