Tourist's mistake in Bali cost him $370,000: what he did wrong. Photo
One of the most important components of a safe holiday is insurance. You should read the rules and insured events carefully to avoid unforeseen expenses if you need medical care.
Australian Blake Gibbs was forced to pay $370,000 for his treatment on the island of Bali in Indonesia after a scooter accident, 9News reports. The man did not read the fine print, which stated that he had to pay an additional $7 to the principal amount of the policy for insurance while riding a motorcycle.
Gibbs, from Adelaide, had an accident while visiting the Indonesian island of Lombongan with two friends. During a scooter tour, he crashed into a wall and suffered multiple skull fractures. He was brought to the hospital, where they did everything possible to save him.
After treatment, the clinic issued a bill of $370,000, but the insurance company refused to pay because Gibbs' package did not cover any accidents involving a scooter or motorcycle.
The victim's mother repeatedly contacted the insurance company, as they would not allow her son to return home to Australia without paying the bill. She gave several comments to the media asking for help.
"They tell you to buy insurance, you buy it and expect it to really protect you, but it doesn't," the mother told 9News.
The insurance company nevertheless decided to pay the money to the Balinese hospital with the expectation that the Gibbs family would recover the money. Now Blake is back home, but he has a long rehabilitation ahead of him.
The man's mother urged him to read everything written in the insurance contract from beginning to end. Otherwise, your dream holiday can turn into a tragedy and you will be left with huge debts. The woman pleads: "Please check your insurance documents carefully before you leave the country."
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL wrote about the mistakes that should not be made during your first trip to Thailand. The authorities and laws in the country are very strict for both residents and tourists.