For more serious accidents or illnesses, you might not be able to get the treatment you need locally. You may even need to be evacuated to the nearest medical facility that can treat you - which can often be an international flight away.
And this happens more regularly than you might think. On average, AXA manage 13,000 evacuations and repatriations a year, all around the world. These are most commonly for car accidents, heart disease, malaria and complications from insect bites.
As an example of how much this can cost, one of the shorter evacuations that AXA organised for a customer was from Nice to Paris, at a cost of €12,900.
At the top end of the scale, to transport a customer from Canada to Hong Kong cost €228,000 – a serious amount to pay if you’re not covered by insurance.
Now you have a better idea of the potentially high costs of healthcare around the world, make sure you have the right international health insurance to protect you from unexpected medical costs. It’s also worth checking that your plan includes evacuation and repatriation so you know you’ll be covered if you need to be taken overseas for emergency treatment.
Figures sourced from the AXA Select provider network 2017. All figures represent an average cost per country, represented by averaging available country data for each treatment. Figures for emergency evacuations sourced from AXA Assistance 2017. Conversion rates correct as of 31.08.2017 (http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter). All dollars are US dollars.