Travelling overseas without insurance is never a good idea. It could cost you thousands of pounds and leave you trying the old GoFundMe page to raise mwedical treatment costs. Here’s some info from Admiral;
- Average medical treatment costs in Europe have increased by 21% since 2018
- France, Spain and Portugal are the amongst most expensive countries for medical treatment without insurance
- Having treatment for a heart attack in Spain could cost £38,000
- 26% of Brits risk not taking out travel insurance due to the belief thatEHIC will cover them
As one of the busiest holiday periods for the travel industry, many Brits will be looking to go abroad this summer after the burden of Covid-19 restrictions.
With this in mind, Admiral Travel Insurance has looked at recent medical costs data in popular European countries and found uninsured holidaymakers who need medical assistance in Europe could face paying thousands of pounds for treatments. Medical treatment for a broken leg costs an average of nearly £2,500, while being repatriated to the UK could cost £6,000. An emergency bypass surgery caused by a heart attack in Spain could cost the average Brit about £38,000 for example.
Even something like having an infected insect bite or wound treated at a Clinic in France, Spain, Greece and other EU nations can cost 400-650 euros.
It’s also worth checking to make sure you have UK repatriation cost cover, in case you need ongoing surgeries or other treatments.