Thousands of Brits need emergency treatment abroad every week, says the ABI
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has revealed that the total amount paid to Britons abroad in travel insurance claims last year - at £400 million - was at its highest level since 2010. Overall, the average claim reached £800: the highest amount on record.
The ABI explains that the majority of claims paid were to support 153,000 people in need of emergency medical treatment abroad. In the past 10 years, the average medical claim has nearly doubled: from £768 in 2008, to £1368 in 2018.
Last year, says the ABI, £145 million was also paid out for 167,000 cancellation claims and £17 million was paid to 79,000 people for loss of baggage or money.
The ABI’s Senior Travel Policy Adviser, Charlie Campbell, said:
“The fact that a quarter of Brits travel abroad without the right travel insurance is incredibly worrying. Few people have the luxury of being able to afford a surprise £800 bill, let alone one that runs into the tens or hundreds of thousands if they fall ill abroad. Anyone travelling this summer should avoid unnecessary financial and emotional stress by ensuring they have the right cover in place. As not all policies are the same, people should look for cover that meets their needs, rather than the cheapest option.”