About 40% of younger individuals go overseas with out journey insurance coverage, risking medical charges of 1000’s of kilos if they’re taken unwell, a survey suggests.
The Association of British Travel Agents surveyed 2,043 Britons and located these aged 18 to 24 have been the almost definitely to go overseas with out insurance coverage.
It comes after the household of a South Yorkshire traveller in Thailand needed to elevate £32,000 for his medical care.
Overall 1 / 4 of UK travellers are thought to go overseas with out insurance coverage.
In 2015, 35-year-old Craig Lindley, from Barnsley, fell unwell whereas celebrating a buddy’s wedding ceremony on a Thai island.
He was recognized with Guillain-Barré syndrome – which results the peripheral nervous system – and was left paralysed
He was charged £20,000 for a five-day course of remedy in Bangkok.
His ambulance and speedboat from the island to Koh Samui Hospital additionally price £17,000.
After an internet attraction his household and mates raised £32,000 in direction of his medical payments.
The Association of British Travel Agents’ (Abta) Mark Tanzer mentioned: “Rather than having to resort to the kindness of strangers, holidaymakers should make sure that they have the right insurance in place.”
‘Increase on earlier years’
Overall, the variety of British travellers surveyed with out insurance coverage has risen to 25% within the 12 months to May, up from 22% the earlier 12 months.
Mr Tanzer added: “Every 12 months, we see instances of individuals falling into issue on account of travelling with out insurance coverage.
“Often their households have to lift 1000’s of kilos for his or her remedy or repatriation and that is why it’s so worrying to see a rise in youthful individuals travelling with out insurance coverage.”
In 2016, Michael Doyle, 29, was admitted to a non-public hospital in Bulgaria after being recognized with blood poisoning.
He required dialysis remedy which he obtained within the hospital, however he handed away earlier than his mother and father have been in a position to elevate about £20,000 required to convey him again to the UK for extra remedy.
His father John has suggested individuals to get journey insurance coverage. He mentioned: “Go and luxuriate in your self, Bulgaria is a superb place to go, it is not totally different from wherever else on the earth however it is advisable have insurance coverage.”
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokeswoman Susan Crown mentioned: “”The FCO can not pay medical payments in case you are hospitalised overseas, nor can we fly you residence.
“Take out an applicable insurance coverage coverage and be sure you know what it covers you for. It could really feel like an added expense but it surely’s very worthwhile if you happen to evaluate it to what you might find yourself paying if one thing goes mistaken on vacation.”
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