Important statistics about people traveling abroad without insurance

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ABTA have released some surprising statistics about people travelling abroad and not investing in travel insurance to cover them whilst away from home. ABTA are  the UK’s biggest travel association and they represent travel agents and tour operators who sell holidays and other travel arrangements each year.

Figures released on their website on the 20th May 2017 show that a quarter of holidaymakers travelled abroad uninsured in the last year which is an increase from the previous year.

Some uninsured travellers are actually resorting to crowdfunding to cover medical bills abroad which can be costly.

Of those people who travelled abroad without insurance over a third thought that they didn’t need it and one in five stated that travelling uninsured was a risk they were willing to take.

ABTA is urging holiday makers to ensure that they take out the right travel insurance to avoid potentially costly medical bills should something go wrong.

The article includes some recent examples of how travelling uninsured could really cause an issue:

  • Gareth Harnett, 30, a builder from Kent went on a five day holiday with friends to Phuket and suffered from a heart attack. He didn’t have travel insurance and his friends turned to fund raising whilst he was in a coma and the cost of keeping him alive was in excess of £2000 per day.

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There are many different options when it comes to travel insurance and many of these offer flexible cover options to suit all budgets. If you want to be sure that you are covered for medical treatment abroad then investing in a good travel insurance policy with the right benefit levels is essential.

Within the Medigest Business Directory you can access details of specialist travel insurance brokers and the insurance companies directly to ensure you get the right advice before you purchase your policy. 


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