The average medical claim made by travellers who fall ill or have an accident in a foreign country now stands at a staggering £1333.41 according to an analysis of 2010 claims data from Sainsbury's Travel Insurance.
The findings demonstrate just how expensive holiday illnesses and accidents can be. Without travel insurance should the unthinkable happen, you could be left to foot expensive medical bills.
The most expensive country for medical attention in 2was the USA, with the average hospital visit costing £4725. The most inexpensive country in which to fall ill and require hospital treatment was Greece at £422.
Scott Gorman of Sainsbury's Travel Insurance says, "It is important for holidaymakers to protect themselves and their family when travelling abroad, and the best peace of mind you can have is by having a good quality travel insurance policy. Simply having a European Health Insurance Card - which is not an alternative to travel insurance - will only provide you with the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the country you are visiting. This means that should you require medical attention you may face huge medical bills, which is a concern, especially in countries such as the United States where the cost of medical treatment can be extortionate."
Average costs of medical treatment in top 10 most likely countries United States
- USA - £4725.75
- Thailand - £1937.82
- Dominican Republic - £1178.41
- Cyprus - £1102.59
- Spain - £1100.07
- Egypt - £1067.93
- Australia - £989.26
- France - £869.67
- Turkey - £850.63
- Greece - £422.36
Spain was the country where more holidaymakers had to seek medical help than any other, followed by Turkey and Greece. Ear infection was amongst the most common ailment, with the average bill for inpatient treatment amounting to £320. The most expensive hospital bills were for those unfortunate enough to suffer a heart attack abroad, resulting in medical expenses that averaged £8147.