Sydney, Australia (PressExposure) December 07, 2009 -- Start spreading the newsâ¦ popular holiday destination New York City tops the list as the world's most expensive city for international travellers who fall ill, with three nights in an intensive care unit in the city costing up to a whopping $64,500.1 âThe US is notoriously expensive for medical costs and is definitely not somewhere you want to get stuck without travel insurance this Christmas,â said AAMI National Travel Manager Heather McDonald. âMany people don?t realise each state within the US has a different fee structure for medical expenses,â she said. âFor example, hospitals in popular US destinations for Aussie travellers, like California and Florida, charge up to $8,500 per night in intensive care, while the same treatment in a Hawaiian hospital can set you back up to $10,500 per night. âHowever, New York City is by far the most expensive, with the amount per night priced between $16,000 and $21,500.
Cost of a night in a hospital intensive care unit at popular destinations around the world: (2)
- 1. New York City - $16,000 - $21,500
- 2. Hawaii - $10,500
- 3. Canada - $10,000
- 4. France - $9,500 - $12,500
- 5. Germany - $9,500 - $12,500
- 6. California - $8,500
- 7. Florida - $8,500
- 8. Thailand - $3,000
- 9. Indonesia - $3,000
- 10. Vietnam - $2,000 - $2,500
Ms McDonald said being caught in the US with no travel insurance was not a scenario to be taken lightly. âWe have all heard horror stories of Australians getting stuck overseas without travel insurance. It is just not worth the risk; after all, who wants to come back home with nearly $65,000 worth of medical bills to pay off?â âFor us adventurous Aussies, paying off a medical bill that size would more than likely mean no overseas holiday stints for a long time to come. Even more extreme is the possibility of bankruptcy for those unfortunate enough to incur massive overseas medical costs.â Ms McDonald said North America and Europe were the most expensive regions for medical expenses.
âCanada is not far behind New York, with costs of around $10,000 per night, closely followed by France and Germany at approximately $9,500 to $12,500. âThe lure of a âWhite Christmas? in Toronto or Quebec is of course very appealing to Australians, who are used to scorching hot Christmas days. The last thing you want is to have an accident in one of these cities, and then spend your holiday lying in a hospital bed worrying about how you are going to foot the bill.â Those holidaying in the warmer climes of South East Asia who find they need urgent medical assistance may find the costs slightly less, however they can still add up very quickly after a few nights in hospital. âHospital stays are slightly less expensive in South East Asia, with hospitals in Thailand and Indonesia charging around $3,000 per night for treatment in intensive care, while in Vietnam you could pay up to $2,500 per night. Ms McDonald said that when you consider travel insurance to the US costs as little as $6.90 per day3, it?s a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Prices for South East Asia are even less, with the cost of a 10-day policy to Thailand around $53.4 âThe good news is that most Australian travellers do think ahead and choose to protect themselves with travel insurance, but there are still those who are willing to risk it rather take out appropriate cover.â âWe have heard it before but the expression ?if you canât afford travel insurance, you canât afford to travelâ is very true,â Ms McDonald said. âYou should factor travel insurance into your travel budget, just as you would your airfare and spending money. âIf you come back from holidays in debt, let it be because you shopped too much or ate out in fantastic restaurants every night, not because you are paying back a huge hospital bill that could have been easily avoided.â
One way to avoid that kind of debt is to make sure you have travel insurance [http://www.aami.com.au/travel-insurance/international-travel-insurance.aspx] before you leave the country. For more information visit http://www.aami.com.au. ENDS
- (1) Highest actual price for three nights in a New York City hospital intensive care unit in AUD based on prices collated by International SOS (Australasia) Pty Ltd (ISOS).
- (2) Highest actual prices for nightly stays in AUD rounded off to the nearest $500, as collated by ISOS.
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