Millions risking health 'by travelling without insurance'

Some 8.5 million British holidaymakers are putting their health and finances at risk by travelling without insurance, a major healthcare provider has found.

Bupa said nearly one in four people mistakenly thought they were covered by their European Health Insurance Care (EHIC).

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Millions risk health 'by travelling without insurance'

Millions of Brits are risking their health and finances by travelling without insurance, a major healthcare provider has found.

An EHIC card only covers holidaymakers until the scheduled end of their trip. Credit: PA

Bupa warned the 8.5 millions who holiday without proper cover that they could face hospital bills of tens of thousands of pounds if they fall ill abroad.

The health insurer found one quarter of Brits thought their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) would provide them with enough cover if they ended up in hospital while on holiday.

Another 44% of holidaymakers thought their EHIC meant they were covered by the NHS when in Europe, when the card only entitles Brits to state healthcare at a reduced cost until the scheduled end of their trip.

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