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Medical cover a priority for holidaymakers

Medical cover a priority for holidaymakers

Category: Health insurance

Updated: 26/11/2012
First Published: 13/05/2009

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Britons planning trips overseas have been advised to prioritise medical insurance.

According to InsureandGo, taking out travel insurance for things such as lost luggage are less important for short breaks.

Founder of the insurer Perry Wilson explained that holidaymakers should focus on health cover in order to cater for any problems that may arise, as areas such as cancellation of flights are less relevant if cheap travel has been found.

The advice comes after research by the travel insurance specialist revealed that the cost of medical problems for those who were not insured neared £90 million last year - an increase of 38 per cent compared to 2007.

And Mr Wilson noted that annual policies can be particularly beneficial for frequent travellers.

Commenting on the need to have medical cover, he remarked: "People don't understand that when they go abroad, especially Europe, they'll patch you up but you won't get a free ticket home."

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