Desjardins Financial Security's newest survey finds youth are
particularly at risk
LÉVIS, QC, June 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadians are planning to stay
close to home for their leisure travel in the coming year, according to
Desjardins Financial Security's recent national survey. In fact, 57%
expect to visit the US and 62% will travel within Canada*. Among this
last group of respondents, close to 1 in 4 (36%) aren't planning on
purchasing travel insurance.
The DFS survey also pointed out that 91% of respondents agreed that
personal safety is an important consideration when they travel. Despite
this revelation, only 52% of respondents** intended to buy travel
insurance for their next out-of-province or international trip.
"While safety is obviously an important factor for Canadians, it's clear
that many are not taking steps to prepare for the unexpected when they
travel," said François Morel, insurance sales consultant with
Desjardins Financial Security. "For example, treating an uncomplicated
lower leg or arm fracture in a US hospital could cost well in excess of
$10,000 for an uninsured patient. Removal of the appendix, another
common and unpredictable procedure, costs an average of $33,000."
Young travellers more carefree, take more risks than their older
Young people aged 18 to 24 were much less likely to make sure they
always carry travel insurance. Among those respondents, only 42.1% say
that they always carry travel insurance when they travel out of
province, compared to 63.2% overall.
Alarmingly, young people were much more cavalier about the need for
insurance when traveling south of the boarder. They were over 20
percentage points less likely than the average respondent to disagree
with the statement "Travel insurance is unnecessary when travelling to the US." While traveling, they were also more likely to take part in risky
sports or activities (57.7% compared to 37.2% overall) and less likely
than the average Canadian to take precautions against illnesses not
generally found in Canada (71.8% compared to 85.5% overall).
"Our results show that this combination of riskier behaviour and a lower
likelihood of being insured means that younger people may be especially
vulnerable when travelling," said Morel. "Parents whose young adult
children are planning summer vacations should consider encouraging them
to purchase travel insurance. Young people may not always realize the
risks - or the tremendous cost of emergency health care if necessary."
Even within Canada, medical costs incurred outside of the home province
are not completely covered. Interprovincial agreements exist but
usually require that a patient must pay up front, and coverage varies
widely by province. Morel suggests that no matter the out-of-province
destination purchasing travel insurance should be top of your to-do
For more information about the Desjardins Financial Security 2012 health
survey, visit www.desjardinslifeinsurance.com. To learn more about DFS travel insurance, visit the Going on a Trip section at www.desjardinslifeinsurance.com.
* 1/3 of those traveling in Canada will travel outside their province of
** Quebec and Ontario respondents only
About Desjardins Financial Security
Desjardins Financial Security, a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the
leading cooperative financial group in Canada, specializes in providing
life and health insurance and retirement savings products to
individuals and groups. Every day, over five million Canadians rely on
Desjardins Financial Security to ensure their financial security.
Desjardins Financial Security employs over 3,600 people and administers
$33.0 billion in assets from offices in several cities across the
country, including Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa,
Montréal, Québec, Lévis, Halifax and St. John's. For more information,
visit the website at www.desjardinsfinancialsecurity.com.
SOURCE DESJARDINS GROUP
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