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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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Over one third 'think EHIC provides free medical care'

Some 39% of British holidaymakers think their EHIC will provide free medical treatment in any European country for any health condition.

According to Bupa:

  • Some 27% assume the EHIC allows British holidaymakers to pay the same price for medical treatment as the locals in a European country.
  • A further 11% admitted to not always taking out travel insurance when travelling abroad as they find it is too expensive.
  • Almost one in 10 (8%) feel it is not worthwhile or assume it would not pay out if they needed it.
  • Another 7% admitted to having to seek medical treatment that they were not insured for when on holiday abroad.
  • The average cost incurred by those surveyed for medical treatment abroad was £259,698.
  • Amongst Brits most popular holiday destination choices, it was found that the USA, Thailand and Canada were the most expensive countries in which to get sick or injured.

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