What’s the worst that could happen?

Posted Date: 08 February 2016
Highest claims 2015

Is travel insurance really worth it? For most of us, our trip overseas will go without a hitch, right? The truth is, disaster can strike any of us...a skiing injury in Austria, a scooter accident in Thailand, or a gastro bug in India.

If the worst does happen on your journey, the last thing you want is to find yourself in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language or understand the healthcare system. And don’t forget about the hefty bill you’ll have to foot if you need to be airlifted back to New Zealand for medical treatment.

Here at Southern Cross Travel Insurance, we’ve heard all the horror stories. That’s why we recommend that you never leave the country without travel insurance. We believe that if you can’t afford insurance, then you can’t afford to travel. Don’t believe us? Check out our ten highest claims of 2015.


We reveal our ten most expensive claims of 2015

It’s always a thrill jetting off on your next trip, but unfortunately the unexpected can happen. At Southern Cross Travel Insurance, we’ve seen all the things that can go wrong and the considerable costs involved. Although we can’t stop these things from happening, we can make sure you’re not left stranded overseas and out of pocket.

  1. $537,000 - Air ambulance back to NZ following encephalitis in Africa.
  2. $315,000 - Multiple fatal injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Europe.
  3. $273,000 - Extended hospital stay for treatment of brain abscess in NZ.
  4. $273,000 - Heart failure in China requiring evacuation to Thailand and doctor escorted repatriation to NZ.
  5. $227,000 - Air ambulance back to NZ for specialist treatment after falling in Asia and suffering a brain injury.
  6. $215,000 – Air ambulance back to NZ for a badly fractured leg after a motor vehicle accident in Asia.
  7. $202,000 - Patient suffered a stroke on a cruise and required offloading to hospital int eh USA. Escorted back to NZ with two nurses by air ambulance.
  8. $192,000 - Hospital treatment in the USA for gallstones and business class transfer back to NZ.
  9. $188,000 - Surgery on a fractured hip in the USA and stretcher repatriation to NZ.
  10. $165,000 - Evacuation to NZ by air ambulance after spinal fracture on a tropical island.

We’re here to help you when things don’t go as planned. Not only can we look after the bill, we can:

  • Tell you where to find the nearest qualified medical practitioner.
  • Co-ordinate emergency medical evacuation.
  • Keep your immediate family advised of your situation.
  • Provide payment guarantees to hospitals or emergency clinics.

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