Post Office Travel Insurance is encouraging travellers to take simple steps to protect their family's health, as new research on travel insurance claims reveals that a quarter of parents have dealt with a sick youngster on holiday. For more than 10 per cent, the problem was serious enough to seek professional medical advice.
According to claims data relating to more than 1,000 children, the most common cause for illness on holiday is ear infection. Parents claimed an average of £291 for medical expenses on travel insurance policies after children suffering ear infections on holiday. Children with cuts and scrapes make up the second largest number of claims with an average sum of £258. Other common health claims range from treatment for viruses and infections, to accidents such as children being stung by jellyfish. The average cost of a travel insurance claim for medical care for children is £666.
Rachel Croft says, "Having travel insurance is important. Parents without travel insurance could face considerable medical bills if their children fall ill on holiday. Our data shows costs for many common complaints rising above £1000."
Travel insurance: News update: 10 November 2009