A new survey from The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) suggests that one in five British holidaymakers travel abroad without travel insurance.
17% see travel insurance as unimportant. 12% claimed on their travel insurance in the last five years, with 3% of claims being in excess of £500.
Mike Monk of ABTA says, "It is very concerning that holidaymakers are going to other countries without insurance, running the risk of having to pay huge medical bills."
A misconception amongst members of the public is that the government will pay for their medical expenses in the event of an emergency abroad. This contributes to the high number of UK travellers who travel uninsured.
Lynda St Cooke of the Know Before You Go campaign being run by the Foreign Office says "Uninsured holidaymakers are being forced to pay tens of thousands of pounds for repatriation and medical treatment."