ABI urges travellers to take out insurance
by Richard Kilner
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The number of British travellers falling ill abroad has recently hit a record high, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has reported.
Last year emergency medical treatments cost travel insurers £275m in claims, with medical expenses surging by 270% over the course of the last six years.
Over the same period of time the number of claims for overseas emergency medical treatment has increased threefold to 337,000.
The most common such claims pertain to stomach upsets, ear infections, allergies and heart problems.
Director of General Insurance and Health Nick Starling warned that medical maladies were the costliest potential risk overseas.
Starling added that the costs could easily run to tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds and urged travellers to ensure that they had appropriate insurance coverage.
Earlier this week travel insurer AXA warned that it would reject claims caused by participation in dangerous new crazes such as owling, planking and batting, which have led to a spike in claims.