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Injuries abroad proving expensive for uninsured brits

Posted in: Accidents and Sickness Abroad Head and Brain Injuries Leg Injuries 

A new study has found that the most expensive places for an uninsured Brit to suffer an injury are the US and Canada.  The study looked at winter sports particularly, with treatment for a broken leg costing £26,000 (USD$40,000) in the US and £15,000 (CAD$28,000) in Canada. After America and Canada, Austria and Switzerland came next in the rankings.

The study, which was commissioned by Allianz Global Assistance UK and the Ski Club of Great Britain, studied all the claims made in the US and Canada by uninsured Brits. The most expensive was for a head injury suffered in Canada. This is an injury that cost the individual more than £145,000 (almost CAD$280,000) in medical and transport costs.

“results are enough to give you a chill”

The Underwriting Manager of Allianz Global Assistance UK, Barry Smith, said: “We have analysed data from hundreds of claims from the past few years and the results are enough to give you a chill even when you’re not on a ski slope.

The Chief Executive of Ski Club of Great Britain, Frank McCusker, said that holidaymakers should pay for suitable insurance before going abroad. He said: “Whilst most skiers and snowboarders do of course return home in one piece, it doesn’t take much to cause a serious, and seriously expensive, injury on the slopes.

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