More than two thirds (70%) of people with medical conditions feel penalised when buying travel insurance, a poll shows.
More than seven out of ten (75%) said their biggest concern is having a medical emergency while abroad and 10% have previously had to make a claim.
|Healthcare in different countries||Potential costs|
|Heart attack in India||£10,000-£30,000|
|Renal failure requiring dialysis in Thailand||£15,000-£25,000|
|Stroke in the US||Up to £350,000|
|Air ambulance in France||£8,000|
|Air ambulance in Peru||£120,000|
Two thirds (66%) feel their medical condition does not affect their ability to travel.
Chris Rolland, chief executive of AllClear, the specialist medical travel insurance provider, said any people do not realise the cost of medical emergencies abroad.
“It is natural that people believe it won’t happen to them, but even the most well managed conditions need to be covered, in case the unexpected happens,” he said.
Claim costs from AllClear show a heart attack in India could cost between £10,000 and £30,000, renal failure that requires dialysis in Thailand could cost between £15,000 and £25,000, and a stroke in the US could cost as much as £350,000.
There are other bills a person might face without full travel insurance, including repatriation. Air ambulances can cost anywhere from £8,000 in France to £120,000 in Peru.
“The value of travel insurance is realised in the event of a claim and using a trusted supplier will ensure if the worst happens, the right support is in place,” said Rolland.