The cost of getting ill abroad: comment from Bupa Global

Contributed by Bupa Global, 18 August, 2016

Commenting on recent figures from the Association of British Insurers, Michael McKessar, Director of Bupa Global Travel said:

"Falling ill abroad can exceed the cost of an average house in the UK, according to the Association of British Insurers*. So as people continue to travel more frequently, it is critical that they have adequate travel insurance in place, and know what they are covered for and where. 

Should the worst happen, the immediate need is to find the right medical care and fast. Without this, people will have no alternative but to pay for treatment themselves.  Our customers have the peace of mind that they can call our 24 hour global medical assistance team, who will arrange care at the nearest medical centre, or organise transport if one isn't available locally. Thereby, we help them navigate the local healthcare system and find the best solution for their care or crisis."

According to Bupa Global's annual travel insurance claims data the top five most expensive countries to receive medical treatment are:

1 United States
2 Switzerland
3 Hong Kong
4 Canada
5 France

The top five most expensive accidents/illness according to Bupa Global's annual travel insurance claims data are:*

1 Decompression sickness, requiring Hyperbaric Therapy treatment
2 Ski accident
3 Snowmobile accident
4 Heart attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)  
5 Cerebral Haemorrhage

For more information on Bupa Global Travel Insurance:

**The amount of the claims depends on the diagnosis, how long the member is hospitalised and the treatment provided.

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