Qatar among world’s priciest hospital stays for uninsured travelers

Uninsured travelers

Getting hospitalized in these countries could cost you more than a five-star hotel stay. Source: Shutterstock

IMAGINE going on a budget vacation and ending up spending more than the entire cost of your trip on emergency medical treatment. 

It happens a lot, according to new research released by personal finance website finder.com.

The research details the most expensive countries in the world for medical assistance based on the price of a hospital bed per day.

In emergencies and when critical illness strikes, there is little time to think about the cost of a hospital visit.

Equally, many people don’t have to give it a second thought after they’re well again as their medical insurance will cover the bill.

But for the chancers, the “I-never-get-ill”-ers, or simply the disorganized few who don’t buy travel insurance, their medical bills can often be enough to put them straight back in the hospital with a suspected heart attack.

We know there’s little fun in reading through the fine print of insurance policies and trying to understand industry jargon when purchasing travel insurance, but it’s always worth it in the long run.

A backpacker named Will recalled on Taylor’s Tracks“The jungle floor rushed up to meet me as I stumbled forwards, sheets of rain smashing through the canopy, my world reduced to a throbbing red bubble. I was aware of just how [expletive] I was.”

Taylor had just begun a three-week trek through a jungle in Costa Rica when on the second day a small bug crawled into a cut on his leg and died.

He managed to walk for another 1o hours in excruciating pain in hopes of finding a ranger’s hut. Thankfully he did and was rushed to a hospital.

“The next two weeks were a blur,” he added. “Eventually, I was shipped back to the UK, broken and unable to stand.”

“My insurance bill was in the tens of thousands of dollars, without insurance this life-changing injury would have been even worse.”

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Without travel insurance, you are responsible for paying all your medical bills, including the hospital stay, transport, treatment, and aftercare.

Having to do so in any country would be a potentially bankrupting experience but these are the nations you really want to avoid getting sick in without travel insurance.

Monaco

Cost of hospital bed per day: US$3,391.

Average cost of travel insurance for a week: US$25.

Average cost of five-star hotel: US$505.

Luxembourg

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Cost of hospital bed per day: US$1,785.

Average cost of travel insurance for a week: US$25.

Average cost of five-star hotel: US$153.

Norway

Cost of hospital bed per day: US$1,322.

Average cost of travel insurance for a week: US$25.

Average cost of five-star hotel: US$325.

Qatar

Cost of hospital bed per day: US$1,288.

Average cost of travel insurance for a week: US$60.

Average cost of five-star hotel: US$181.

Switzerland

Cost of hospital bed per day: US$896.

Average cost of travel insurance for a week: US$25.

Average cost of five-star hotel: US$430.

San Marino

Cost of hospital bed per day: US$832.

Average cost of travel insurance for a week: US$25.

Average cost of five-star hotel: US$108.

Denmark

Cost of hospital bed per day: US$795.

Average cost of travel insurance for a week: US$25.

Average cost of five-star hotel: US$202.

Ireland

Cost of hospital bed per day: US$791.

Average cost of travel insurance for a week: US$25.

Average cost of five-star hotel: US$231.

United Arab Emirates

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Cost of hospital bed per day: US$715.

Average cost of travel insurance for a week: US$60.

Average cost of five-star hotel: US$308.

Netherlands

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Cost of hospital bed per day: US$699.

Average cost of travel insurance for a week: US$25.

Average cost of five-star hotel: US$152.