Travel medical cover checks urged
23 March 2013 Last updated at 09:51 GMT
Almost a third of people travelling to Europe from the UK do so without the card that entitles them to state healthcare, the Association of British Insurers says.
But while the European Health Insurance Card entitles holders to basic healthcare, costs such as repatriation can require extra cover, which many travellers are skipping in an effort to cut costs.
Philip Hampsheir reports.