Australian government figures show 20,000 Australian travellers get into trouble overseas each year (this includes over 1,400 hospitalisations, 1,000 deaths and 30 evacuations of Australians to another location for medical purposes), many are uninsured and unprepared for the cost. A stay in a Dubai hospital can cost up to $10,000 USD a night, The cost of medical evacuations from the United States regularly range from $75,000 to $95,000 and sometimes up to $300,000*.
Quotesonline Travel Insurance Quotes recently found a $300 variation in premiums for a 62 year old traveller on a two week cruise in Asia. Its recommended that you advise your insurer if you have any previous medical conditions and you read the fine print of the policy before you leave. Travel insurance offered by credit card companies are often not comprehensive policies and therefore may require supplementing.
Before travelling register on Smart traveller and as some countries may be on the Do Not Travel list and therefore may be excluded from your travel insurance.
* Source http://www.smartraveller.gov.au
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