About 40% of younger individuals go overseas with out journey insurance coverage, risking medical charges of hundreds of kilos if they’re taken unwell, a survey suggests.
The Affiliation of British Journey Brokers surveyed 2,043 Britons and located these aged 18 to 24 had been the almost certainly to go overseas with out insurance coverage.
It comes after the household of a South Yorkshire traveller in Thailand needed to increase £32,000 for his medical care.
Total 1 / 4 of UK travellers are thought to go overseas with out insurance coverage.
In 2015, 35-year-old Craig Lindley, from Barnsley, fell unwell whereas celebrating a good friend’s wedding ceremony on a Thai island.
He was identified with Guillain-Barré syndrome – which results the peripheral nervous system – and was left paralysed
He was charged £20,000 for a five-day course of remedy in Bangkok.
His ambulance and speedboat from the island to Koh Samui Hospital additionally value £17,000.
After a web-based attraction his household and buddies raised £32,000 in direction of his medical payments.
The Affiliation of British Journey Brokers’ (Abta) Mark Tanzer mentioned: “Slightly than having to resort to the kindness of strangers, holidaymakers ought to make it possible for they’ve the appropriate insurance coverage in place.”
Total, the variety of British travellers surveyed with out insurance coverage has risen to 25% within the 12 months to Might, up from 22% the earlier yr.
Mr Tanzer added: “Yearly, we see circumstances of individuals falling into issue because of travelling with out insurance coverage.
“Usually their households have to boost hundreds of kilos for his or her remedy or repatriation and that is why it’s so worrying to see a rise in youthful individuals travelling with out insurance coverage.”
In 2016, Michael Doyle, 29, was admitted to a non-public hospital in Bulgaria after being identified with blood poisoning.
He required dialysis remedy which he obtained within the hospital, however he handed away earlier than his mother and father had been capable of increase about £20,000 required to carry him again to the UK for extra remedy.
His father John has suggested individuals to get journey insurance coverage. He mentioned: “Go and luxuriate in your self, Bulgaria is a wonderful place to go, it isn’t totally different from anyplace else on this planet however you have to have insurance coverage.”
Overseas and Commonwealth Workplace (FCO) spokeswoman Susan Crown mentioned: “”The FCO can’t pay medical payments in case you are hospitalised overseas, nor can we fly you dwelling.
“Take out an applicable insurance coverage coverage and be sure to know what it covers you for. It might really feel like an added expense however it’s very worthwhile in the event you evaluate it to what you can find yourself paying if one thing goes incorrect on vacation.”