Winter sports injury? It could cost you an arm and a leg

Contributed by Bupa Global, 22 March, 2018

Whether it's a ski trip in the Alps or scuba diving in the Med, we all love to travel. But adventurous excursions can come with the risk of injury, with the cost of a broken leg varying hugely dependent on which country you're in.

Bupa Global, the international health insurer, has today released data showing what it costs to get fixed up for a broken leg in some of the world's top skiing destinations. For daredevils without insurance, it makes for sobering reading as costs can vary by as much as £5,000. Canada is the most expensive place to break a leg, where it could cost you a whopping £5,097 more than the UK – if you weren't adequately covered, and had to pay out of pocket. 


Average cost of a broken leg*

















United Kingdom


*Data based on Bupa Global average spend claims from 2014-2017 per country

Dr. Søren Carstens, Head of Clinical Operations, Bupa Global comments: "Travelling around the world, whether on holiday or on business, is an exciting and important part of many people's lives. But our data clearly shows that treatment costs vary strongly around the globe, and travellers could be out of pocket if they haven't got the right cover in place before they set out.  Our experience dictates that quality global health insurance is necessary any time of the year – whether you're at home or away, as it gives you access to the best possible care and continued treatment once you get home." 

Bupa Global's top tips for staying safe on the slopes:

1. Warm up properly – resist the urge to jump straight off the plane into your skis. Stretch before you begin skiing, and start with the small slopes. 

2. Wear a helmet – wearing a helmet when skiing can absorb the force of an impact, reducing the severity of a potential head injury.  You'd wear a helmet cycling – and skiing has a much greater potential of collisions.

3. Consider which slopes suit your ability - be honest with yourself and others when it comes to your skiing or snowboarding ability. Never underestimate the benefit of a couple of skiing or snowboarding lessons, and don't take on a slope that you're not experienced enough to master.

4. Ensure you have comprehensive cover in place – many basic travel insurance packages won't cover skiing as a sport, so ensure your policy covers where you're travelling to, and what activity you're taking part in.

5. Check the weather conditions – conditions play a huge part in the risk of accidents while skiing or snowboarding. If there's less snowfall, the chance of avalanches is reduced, so it's always worth double checking the conditions before you head out.

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