A report out today in the UK’s Daily Mail details the average medical expenditures of British travelers who have to seek medical care abroad: “Travellers are being warned about the high cost of falling ill or having accidents abroad after it was revealed that medical claims by British holidaymakers now average as much as £1,333.” (That’s roughly $2,081 U.S.) You can read the article for more details and recommendations.
One official quoted by the Daily Mirror warns, “Medical costs if you are hurt or taken ill on holiday can run into tens of thousands of pounds. Travel Insurance is an absolute essential for every holidaymaker.” Obviously, we’d add that it’s essential for every missionary and mission team planning to serve abroad to have a good travel insurance plan to protect them from these kinds of financial risks. The good news is that travel insurance is quite affordable. There are a variety of plans and options and we’ll be happy to help you pick the plan that best fits your needs. Just let us know how we can serve you.
By the way, care to guess which country’s medical care was the greatest expense to British travelers? No surprise, it’s the United States, which led to an average hospital cost of £4,726 ($7,378). That’s why Americans need health insurance and why foreign visitors to this country need to have coverage designed for their needs. Happily, we offer both!