Research finds £5.3m a week spent on UK travellers' medical costs abroad

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Post Office Travel Insurance reminds UK holidaymakers of the importance of travel insurance to avoid costly payouts.

The cost of medical expenses for UK holidaymakers has risen by 270 per cent in the last five years, according to research by the Association of British Insurers. The statistics show that the travel insurance industry now spends £5.3m a week on emergency medical treatments for UK travellers.

Post Office Travel Insurance reminds travellers that not having travel insurance could prove costly if falling ill while away. Post Office Travel Insurance suggests holidaymakers who already have travel insurance in place should also check to ensure their policy provides sufficient cover for their needs before their trip.

For those travelling to Europe this summer, Post Office Travel Insurance also reminds those holidaymakers that an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) should not be considered a substitution for travel insurance cover. Although the EHIC entitles the holder to the equivalent medical care as a resident in that country, it does not cover the cost of repatriation, private treatment, or protection for personal baggage and equipment.

For example, the Post Office's Classic travel insurance policy covers medical expenses up to £10m when travelling outside the UK.

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