Reminder that vacations aren’t always carefree—21% of Canadian travelers have needed medical attention while away. And 35% don’t buy travel health insurance before they go away.
The Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada (THiA) conducted a national survey of Canadians about their travel habits and their understanding of provincial health coverage.
“Only 6% of Canadians realize that provincial health plans cover approximately 9% of medical expenses when travelling outside of Canada,” said John Thain, THiA president.
The survey also finds 30% of Canadians plan to travel this winter, while 31% consider themselves risk takers. One third of those surveyed reported binge drinking while on vacation.
The good news? 94% reported packing underwear for their travels, the survey finds.
“Travel health insurance should be as essential to a vacation as underwear,” said Thain. “Many people will already have some coverage through employers or credit cards and it’s important to understand existing coverage and ensure you have the necessary supplemental coverage.”
THiA recommends that Canadians do the following to have carefree vacations:
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