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Did You Know? 1 Aussie Every 30 Seconds* Needed Help This Summer

April 13, 2015 Insurance No Comments Email Email

Summer has come to an end and you may be thinking about hibernating this winter but for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA), its automotive and medical operational teams are always at the ready, 24/7, 365 days a year, regardless of the season. Throughout this summer, AGA assisted 268,366 people or 1 person every 30 seconds.

The top reasons for assistance this summer:

Medical / Travel Assistance

While holidays are a good time to explore new tastes and flavours and rediscover your love of sports, they are not risk-free. Indeed, illness, injuries and accidents represented more than 109,552 cases from Australians this summer. When embarking on these new experiences remember medical costs vary greatly from country to country, so you should consider ensuring you have travel insurance as these case studies give you an idea of just how costly a trip can become (cost vary based on the situation):

  • Gastroenteritis in St. Domingo can cost $4,186
  • A wounded or sore knee in Greece can cost $4,899
  • An acute bronchitis in Montreal is $34,763!
  • And if you are in the United States and need to go to the emergency room, costs can escalate to $73,696[1].

Medical repatriations are rare and often linked to cases that are much more serious and cannot be treated onsite where the holidaymaker is staying. In total, AGA staff organised 17 repatriations during the three summer months and four air ambulances.

Roadside Assistance

Us Aussie’s love a road trip especially over summer – a car offers both independence and an opportunity for discovery. In 2014, there were 17.6 million motor vehicles registered in Australia[2]. During December to February, 53,218 calls for assistance were managed by AGA, with over 10,000 enquiries related to battery problems and over 6,000 due to tyre issues. Always ensure you carry out a full vehicle maintenance check before you hit the road and keep your roadside assistance contact details handy.

[1] Source: SNSA (National union of assistance companies) – Press Kit – 2013

[2] Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Jan 2014

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