Travel insurance prevents huge bills

Tuesday, 06 September 2011

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Holidaymakers are being advised to take out adequate travel insurance as new figures have revealed the often huge cost of medical claims.

The US is the destination with the biggest sting in the tail when it comes to paying for an accident or injury, with bills often hitting almost £1,500, according to recent research.

This research comes as the family of a British man hurt in a motorbike accident in Bali have had to risk their house to raise the £80,000 cost of an air ambulance back home.

The man's father, Eric Plummer, from Maidstone in Kent, told the Daily Mail newspaper: "I would say to anyone going abroad to get travel insurance whatever the cost. This situation is the worst nightmare scenario I can possibly think of."

Mr Plummer had also already spent £22,000 on medical bills, demonstrating the potential pitfalls of not having appropriate travel insurance.

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