Direct Line is warning people not to scrimp on travel insurance as it uncovers evidence medical care abroad is becoming more expensive.
The insurer has published figures showing that in 2008 the average claim for medical care overseas was £678 compared to £427 in 2007. And it fears these costs could increase further this year.
It is warning people not to rely on the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when going abroad as this covers only basic costs.
Chris Price of Direct Line Travel says, “EHIC is not a travel insurance replacement. We advise all holidaymakers to protect themselves by making sure they are insured against any losses in case the worst happens."
Direct Line's travel insurance policies cover medical and emergency expenses up to £5 million per person, personal accident up to £25,000 and personal liability up to £2 million.