Travellers are faced with much higher bills for treatment
Analyzing travel insurance loss trends, Insurance company "If" observed that treatment prices for travellers have recently increased significantly. This is particularly evident in Lithuanian tourists favourite countries: Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Spain, belonging to the island of Tenerife, and Japan, where the average bill for tourists treatment increased from 5 to 30 percent.
"We observe the increase of treatment prices for a while. These changes are influenced by political unrest, global economic trends and the increased flow of travellers. Though not everywhere prices are rising equally - emergency health care insurance in the European Union countries is less expensive than in other foreign countries", - says "If" personal claims specialist Jelena Subelė.
"If" has calculated that the average bill of foreign medical institution is about 646 euros. The most expensive are illnesses or injuries, which require emergency surgery. In this case the treatment and required hospitalization can cost tens of thousands euros.
According to J. Subelė, even low disease such as colds, mild food poisoning or mild trauma near the pool can cost around 250 euros during holiday abroad.
The most common accident occurs during the first days of the holiday when tourists are still not quite accustomed, while swimming or engaging in extreme sports.
According to expert, in Lithuanian tourists favourite European resorts - Greece, Italy, Turkey, Portugal - medical service prices are consistently rising for several years and the most worth to mention is Spain. "This trend should be taken into account especially by those people, who travel without insurance coverage, because significantly increased medical bills they have to pay by themselves," - warns J. Subelė.
During the first four months of the year "If" have paid more than 96 thousands euros for travel insurance losses.