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Travel health insurance: indicator of serious travel health risks


Somer Kniestedt, R A; Steffen, R (2003). Travel health insurance: indicator of serious travel health risks. Journal of Travel Medicine, 10(3):185-188.

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BACKGROUND: Travel health risks documented by questionnaire surveys obtained (e.g., during homebound flights) are incomplete since they miss most patients who need to be repatriated. METHODS: All patient claim files were reviewed from 1997 to 1998, of the largest Swiss travel insurance company. RESULTS: Among 242 claims, 69.4% were due to illness, 30.6% due to accidents; infections were the most frequent illnesses, the extremities were the most frequently traumatized part of the body. Although the illness-to-accident ratio was 1:5 in industrialized countries and the Caribbean, it exceeded 3:0 in some developing regions. Accident proneness was noted in the first week abroad. CONCLUSION: Even if no denominator data are available, this analysis offers an insight in travel health risks, allowing comparison of the occurrences of very different, serious, health problems abroad.

BACKGROUND: Travel health risks documented by questionnaire surveys obtained (e.g., during homebound flights) are incomplete since they miss most patients who need to be repatriated. METHODS: All patient claim files were reviewed from 1997 to 1998, of the largest Swiss travel insurance company. RESULTS: Among 242 claims, 69.4% were due to illness, 30.6% due to accidents; infections were the most frequent illnesses, the extremities were the most frequently traumatized part of the body. Although the illness-to-accident ratio was 1:5 in industrialized countries and the Caribbean, it exceeded 3:0 in some developing regions. Accident proneness was noted in the first week abroad. CONCLUSION: Even if no denominator data are available, this analysis offers an insight in travel health risks, allowing comparison of the occurrences of very different, serious, health problems abroad.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2003
Deposited On:06 Jul 2009 08:45
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:17
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:1195-1982
Additional Information:The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2310/7060.2003.35770
Official URL:http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119925201/issue
PubMed ID:12757694
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-19548

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