Max-you sound as if you think someone had suggested it's okay to have no travel insurance. I haven't seen anyone in this thread say that.max Headroom wrote: ↑Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:16 pm
What it boils down to that only ingnorant people travel without insurance, these idiots are prepared to loose their house if evacuated, get stung with expensive medical bills and medication, hospital and or accommodation in another country if unable to travel, loosing booked flights, paying for new flights. Most asian countries you pay all medical costs before treatment, no pay no treatment and I recall one person was being operated on and the procedure was stopped half way because the patient could only come up with half payment so if you think it is worth the risk then travel without it and never travel to arhnercah because then it gets very expensive.
If you had read earlier posts, you would have seen that I was the first one who suggested getting travel insurance. And Rosie said she knows all about travel insurance, just had not had to take it out before. I presume that is because her travelling has been local or mainly within Queensland.
For sure, if you travel, especially to some remote location, and then need to be evacuated, or have expensive medical treatment in places such as USA, then you'll regret not having the insurance.
I have an aunt who is a very fit 91 year old. At 90 she went to Israel with her daughter & son in law. On the way home at a stop over (forget exactly where), they were waiting for their connecting flight to Australia, went down an escalator and someone above them dropped a very heavy suitcase. It bounced down the steps, hit my aunt, she fell, & it landed on top of her, the metal parts on the bag cutting her to the bone. She required hospitalisation for several days, they thought she might lose the leg but she healed fast. That cost $4000 up front before they would take her in the ambulance. The airport does not take any liability for accidents. So.. lucky she had insurance.
My comment to Rosie about she'll be right-I would say most likely she will stay well & with luck won't need to see a doctor. Even with insurance, no one wants to ever have to claim on it for illness. It wasn't a suggestion not to bother with insurance, just not to over worry about the illness aspect.