Here is a story of a family receiving a 50,000 euro hospital bill for their family member, who died after a fall. The hospital will not release the body to be flown home until they pay the bill, and even the repatriation of the mortal remains will cost an additional 5,000 euro.
The man did not have travel insurance, so the family is stuck with the bill.
This is a perfect example of the need for travel medical insurance. Travel medical, also known as international medical, is cheaper than trip cancellation insurance and can provide very basic medical and evacuation coverage.
As you can see in the example above, the costs can be huge. The last thing you want to worry about in such a terrible situation is how you’re going to pay the bills.