As many as two-fifths (40%) of young Brits travel without insurance, risking high medical bills if taken ill abroad, according to a new survey.
In a survey of over 2,000 Britons, the Association of British Travel Agents found that 18-to 24-year-olds were most likely to go abroad without insurance. The number of young millennials risking their health on holiday was significantly higher than the national average of 25% who travel without the necessary cover.
This average is up from 22% the previous year and could signal the rise of a worrying trend for parents. In a statement given to the BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesperson Susan Crown stated, ‘The FCO cannot pay medical bills if you are hospitalised abroad, nor can we fly you home.
‘Take out an appropriate insurance policy and make sure you know what it covers you for. It may feel like an added expense but it’s very worthwhile if you compare it to what you could end up paying if something goes wrong on holiday.’
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