Travel insurance: Medical mishaps cost travellers dear

Wednesday, 11 October 2006

Holidays are the highlight of some people's year, but even with the best planning in the world sometimes things go wrong.

Travel insurance can help in these situations where the most frequent hitches are the result of medical or cancellation costs, according to one insurance company.

It is important to check you have correct cover because many people assume mistakenly that their European health insurance card will be enough.

Robert O'May, from the firm who did the, said: "No one likes to think about things going wrong when they're about to set off on a trip abroad. However, it really is essential to organise good cover for yourself and family whether it's for a long weekend, a week's holiday or a more extended break, after all, an unforeseen misfortune could happen anytime."

Other top travel insurance claims include lost baggage, missed departures, skiing accidents and stolen luggage.

Last week's figures from the Financial Ombudsman Service show that the number of disputed travel insurance claims rose again in the UK for September.

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