Local MP supports ABTA campaign to highlight importance of adequate travel insurance
North Warwickshire & Bedworth’s Member of Parliament Craig Tracey has today warned constituents about the dangers of travelling uninsured.
Before being elected in May, Craig had run his local insurance business for 20 years. Craig has thrown his support behind a campaign by ABTA – The Travel Association and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), to urge holidaymakers in our community to be prepared for their travels abroad and ensure they are properly covered.
Craig Tracey MP commented:
“This is a problem that I saw time and again in the insurance industry and its importance shouldn’t be underplayed. I welcome the campaign by ABTA and the Foreign Office to highlight the need for holidaymakers to have proper insurance. Medical costs arising from uninsured accidents abroad can be very significant indeed. It is often families who are presented with the bills for a sick or injured relative. If you are going away this summer, I believe travel insurance is essential.”
Travelling abroad uninsured can cost thousands if a trip goes wrong. According to new research by ABTA – the Travel Association, almost one in five (19%) of people in the West Midlands don’t think it is necessary to take out insurance when they travel overseas, often leaving their families to pick up the pieces; the cost of bailing out a loved one can run into thousands. Of those who did not take out insurance 13% do not think they need to take it out and 12% claim that they are willing to take the risk of travelling uninsured.
Worryingly, 18% of people surveyed wrongly presumed that all of their treatment costs would be covered by the UK Government if they had an accident or fell ill while abroad. In reality it is the holidaymaker or their family who will pick up the bill if they are not covered, and this can range from £500 to treat a sprained ankle in a popular holiday resort like Corfu, £15-20,000 for a scheduled flight, stretcher and medical escort from Australia and £40,000 to treat a broken leg in the USA. Serious injuries can also lead to bills of thousands of pounds which can rapidly escalate to very substantial sums - and this is before the added cost of relatives flying out and staying in-destination to accompany a loved one.
ABTA has an advice section on travel insurance for consumers. Visit www.abta.com/travelinsurance for full details.