What’s the worst that could happen?

Posted Date: 08 February 2016
Biggest claims 2015

Is travel insurance really worth it? For most of us, our trip overseas will go without a hitch, right? The truth is, disaster can strike any of us...a skiing injury in Austria, a scooter accident in Thailand, or a gastro bug in India.

If the worst does happen on your journey, the last thing you want is to find yourself in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language or understand the healthcare system. And don’t forget about the hefty bill you’ll have to foot if you need to be airlifted back to Australia for medical treatment.

Here at Southern Cross Travel Insurance, we’ve heard all the horror stories. That’s why we recommend that you never leave the country without travel insurance. We believe that if you can’t afford insurance, then you can’t afford to travel. Don’t believe us? Check out our ten highest claims of 2015.

What’s the worst that could happen infographic created by: Southern Cross Travel Insurance

We reveal our ten most expensive claims of 2015

It’s always a thrill jetting off on your next trip, but unfortunately the unexpected can happen. At Southern Cross Travel Insurance, we’ve seen all the things that can go wrong and the considerable costs involved. Although we can’t stop these things from happening, we can make sure you’re not left stranded overseas and out of pocket.

  1. $317,000 - Doctor and nurse escorted stretcher repatriation back to Australia following urinary infection, pyelonephritis and renal failure in Europe.
  2. $182,000 - Surgery in the USA for a fractured lower leg.
  3. $164,000 - Gallstone surgery in the USA.
  4. $158,000 - Cardiac surgery for angina in Southeast Asia, followed by doctor escorted flight back to Australia.
  5. $123,000 - Air evacuation to Australia for medical intervention on a severe back injury suffered in Asia.
  6. $99,000 - Surgery in the USA for appendicitis.
  7. $98,000 - Repatriation via air ambulance back to Australia for surgery on a fractured hip suffered on a tropical island.
  8. $89,000 - Treatment on multiple rib fractures and collapsed lung after falling in USA, followed by nurse escorted trip back to Australia.
  9. $81,000 - Air ambulance evacuation back to Australia after suffering a seizure in Southeast Asia.
  10. $80,000 - Evacuation back to Australia for urgent investigation into a head injury after a fall.

We’re here to help you when things don’t go as planned. Not only can we look after the bill, we can:

  • Tell you where to find the nearest qualified medical practitioner.
  • Co-ordinate emergency medical evacuation.
  • Keep your immediate family advised of your situation.
  • Provide payment guarantees to hospitals or emergency clinics.

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