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Honest holidaymakers are footing the bill for the false medical claims

An investigation by The Sunday Times has exposed the illicit trade in fake medical reports and death certificates sold by corrupt foreign doctors to UK holidaymakers seeking to make false insurance claims.

Insurers detected false claims worth £6million last year and experts say this only represents a fraction of the total.  False holiday insurance claims are spiralling leaving honest travel insurance with medical condition customers to foot the bill.
According to figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI), medical expenses claims have increased from £74million in 2004 to £275million in 2010, which is a 270% increase.  Furthermore, the weekly cost to insurers for emergency care abroad is £5.3million.
When you consider the costs involved and the outlay the insurers spend on paying medical claims abroad, the cost of comprehensive holiday insurance for preexisting medical conditions cover is still very reasonable.

 

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