22 million UK travellers intend to visit countries across the eurozone in 2010, but are more likely to risk travelling to European destinations without travel insurance. Post Office Travel Insurance research suggests that 28 % of UK holidaymakers are less likely to consider buying travel insurance when heading off to Europe than other parts of the world.
UK holidaymakers who head overseas without travel insurance risk being left with large medical bills. Those heading to countries in the European Economic Area may have an EHIC card – but it will not cover all medical expenses. So travel insurance is essential to ensure you are not left with large hospital bills to pay should an accident or illness happen.
Rachel Croft says, "An EHIC does not act as a replacement for travel insurance as it only provides the same level of medical care as a local citizen and does not cover private treatment or repatriation. So if you do not have proper travel insurance and have a serious accident then you or your family could be left to pick up a colossal bill."
Travel insurance: News update: 15 April 2010