19% of UK holidaymakers are running the risk of having to pay hefty medical bills by travelling abroad without travel insurance, says the 2010 ABTA Consumer Trends survey. 17% also believe that it is not important to take out travel insurance and 16% are under the misapprehension that the UK government will cover their medical expenses with 26% of 15-24 year olds believing this to be the case.
Mike Monk of ABTA says, “It is very worrying that 1 in 5 holidaymakers are going abroad without insurance and running the risk of substantial medical bills. Many of these believe incorrectly that the Foreign Office will pay their expenses. Saving the cost of travel insurance could prove a very false economy.”
Lynda St Cooke of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Know Before You Go Campaign adds, “We are worried that so many British travellers are going abroad without travel insurance. It is a false economy. We see many cases where holidaymakers are faced with bills of tens of thousands of pounds for medical treatment and repatriation. Getting comprehensive travel insurance means that whilst an accident may disrupt your holiday, it will not bankrupt you.”
Travel insurance: News update: 24 October 2010