Thousands take holidays with no insurance cover organised
Thousands of people are taking holidays aboard with no insurance cover.
Many mistakenly believe they are fully covered by their health insurance which is not the case, according to a review of travel insurance carried out by Dermot Goode of TotalHealthCover.ie.
Even those with cover were unaware of the multiple policy exclusions and potential pitfalls that could cost them, he said.
Those going on extended trips or who might be engaged in what are deemed "hazardous" sports activities might find themselves with no cover at all.
Older people are most at risk of falling ill, yet many do not buy travel cover due to the extra cost.
Medical treatment abroad could be very expensive, Mr Goode said. Annual multi-trip plans typically cost between €50 and €150 a year.
He said people could find themselves in unexpected financial hardship if they need treatment but have no cover.