Destinations

What are the most expensive countries to get injured in?

Lauren Croft

Whilst in some countries you can count an ambulance home from a night out as a way to save money, it definitely isn’t the case for these countries.

In fact, in some countries, a night in a hospital can cost almost $3500. Yes, really.

That’s basically our whole holiday budget sometimes!

And that large, large sum of dollary-doos equals more than three times the cost of a night in a luxury hotel, according to new research from finder.com.au.

The findings, which came from an analysis of World Health Organisation data, reveal that Monaco is the most expensive destination in the world to be hospitalised, at $3,444 per day.

But is that really surprising?

Yes.

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However, to put that in perspective, a one night stay in a five-star hotel in Monaco only costs $1,060. Which is surprising.

In second place was Luxembourg, with $1,813 per day, followed by Norway at $1,343. In contrast, five-star hotels in these destinations can cost just $273 and $240 per night respectively.

Qatar is another city where hospital cover costs more than $1000 a day ($1308 to be exact). Check out the rest of the stats below:

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Bessie Hassan, travel insurance expert at finder.com.au, said that a medical emergency on holidays can be a huge financial burden if you aren’t a smart cookie with travel insurance.

“Nobody wants to think about the worst case scenario, but the reality is that the cost of receiving medical attention in many countries is extremely expensive.

“It’s important to remember that these figures only represent the cost of the hospital bed. They don’t take into account emergency transportation, medicine or surgery costs that can drastically hike up the price.

“Some medical practitioners may even ask for a sizeable deposit before they even begin a procedure,” Hassan said

But guess what? Travel insurance for the exxy destinations is way, way less than the cost of a hospital stay.

In fact, an average of all policies compared on finder.com.au shows that travel insurance with medical coverage for a one-week holiday to Monaco (the most expensive destination) will only cost a policyholder $47.

Compared to $3,444, that’s 73 times cheaper than the cost of a night in hospital.

The lesson here is a pretty obvious one, folks. Don’t get injured on holiday.

 

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