Travel insurance Updated:
Hard-up holidaymakers have been warned of the potential financial fallout of not taking out travel insurance.
With purse strings too tight to mention for many, a survey by AA Travel Insurance has revealed that around a fifth of people will not be able to afford an overseas holiday this year.
However, of those that can muster the necessary cash to jet away, half claim they will have to economise, with travel insurance amongst the holiday essentials that might be forgone.
More than a fifth (22%) of people said they do not buy travel insurance on the grounds of cost, while a further third (33%) feel that it isn't really necessary.
Around one in ten (11%) mistakenly believe their EHIC is a travel insurance substitute, while a staggering 9% believe that because they are healthy, insurance just isn't necessary.
"Our research suggests that a large number of people who normally take an overseas holiday are having second thoughts, while those who are continuing with their holiday plans are counting their pennies," said Mark Huggins, director of AA Financial Services.
"I'm particularly concerned that a quarter (26%) of those cutting corners say they won't take out travel insurance, which is an entirely false economy."
Adding that there still seems to be a lot of misconceptions about travel insurance, Mr Huggins said an accident or illness that ends up in a stay in a European hospital could easily cost £2,000 over and above what European reciprocal arrangements may include using an EHIC card.
This rises to over £10,000 for mishaps while on holiday in the USA.
"Figures like that clearly show that a few pence per day spent on decent travel insurance is money very well spent," Mark Huggins concludes.
"You might be exceptionally healthy - but that won't stop you from needing treatment if, for example, you have a bad bout of food poisoning; get sunburned; stung by a jellyfish; have a fall or be involved in a car collision.
"That's when you really would regret not being covered."
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