One in three British holidaymakers could be turned away from hospitals in Europe because they don’t have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), a study claims.
The figure comes from research by travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance ahead of the main summer peak holiday period.
The company is calling on travellers to apply for an EHIC, which entitles them to reduced or free medical care in the European Economic Area, as well as taking out adequate travel insurance.
Chief sales officer Lee Taylor “Our survey shows that 1 in 3 UK travellers don’t take an EHIC with them to Europe.
“This puts them at huge risk, if they need medical care abroad. An EHIC is essential for anyone to receive treatment from public hospitals in all European Economic Area countries
“We also urge holidaymakers to ensure they book the right level of travel insurance, declaring all medical conditions, as falling ill or needing emergency support abroad can be very costly.
“Travellers need to be aware of the risks they face, whether that’s delayed or cancelled flights, lost luggage or something more serious such as an accident or illness.
“Only having adequate travel insurance cover provides financial support, as well as expert advice when you need it most.”
Sourced from Travel Weekly