UK tourists in Turkey who don't pay £12 face being hit with £41,000 bill

Tourists have been urged to check travel insurance after a family was forced to pay a £41,000 medical bill. It comes as Brits have accused a hospital of holding their grandfather 'hostage' on a holiday to Turkey after he fell ill.

Malcolm Stocker was admitted to an intensive care unit at the Ahu Hospital in Marmaris, Turkey for nearly one month after being diagnosed with pneumonia and falling into a coma. Malcolm is now out of the induced coma, but the Turkish hospital refuses to release him until they pay medical expenses of £41,000.

The family has received nearly £5,000 from fundraisers so far, with an aim of getting Malcolm an evacuation flight, which typically costs around £20,000. Replying to the warning, one sniped: "This was no matter of checking his insurance, he absolutely travelled knowing full well he had no insurance.

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"He was refused insurance for good reason and still insisted on going to Turkey and now his family are attempting to persuade everyone else to pay for him" Another said: "Going abroad without insurance is an absolute no no-rather short sighted -will now have to remortgage his house if a home owner."

A third fumed: "Everyone should have holiday insurance if travelling abroad. This report is being disingenuous though, saying that you should make sure of certain conditions, which is really irrelevant under the circumstances in this article, simply because of the fact that the tourist did not have any insurance (because it could not happen to him but if it did, he and his friends would ask someone else to pay it for him) as it was refused on medical grounds.

"Totally irresponsible behaviour by the man involved and more fool anyone who pays for hi medical bill or return travel." Another said: "The family were very irresponsible in letting him go without insurance, I have no sympathy for them.

"If people are intending to send them money they should think again as it just encourages others to go without insurance as well." The average cost of UK travel insurance is currently £12.60 for single-trips and £21.58 for annual cover. If you're struggling to find affordable travel insurance, many consumers find it useful to speak to an experienced travel insurance specialist for advice.