I had to see the doctor on resort at 'The Holiday Village, Egypt', due to having dioareah when I was away in July. Well it's not uncommon is it for people to suffer this.
Anyway as I had taken out a zero excess the hotel were happy to claim direct. They had my signed receipts, policy details, claim number and passport details to do this before I left. The bill was for £35 in total for the examination and I had to pay for the medication expense myself from the chemist.
I thought nothing more of it until I recieved a letter to complete regarding myclaim my from the insurance. I filled it in explaining I have no documentation this side regarding my claim, as it was being dealt with direct. May I just say here that I did contact the travel insurance whilst on holiday, telling them I would be making a claim, as this is how I got my claim number to give the GP.
Now they have written to me again wanting copies of all my holiday confirmation, to prove I was away on these dates and a letter from my own GP telling them I was not under any medical treatment a month prior to my visit. Now I no longer have my holiday invoices, as it is almost October and they were binned a while back and the letter from my GP is surely going to cost me. I could understand if I was claiming a lot but this is only £35, and yes I realise they have to proceed through a claim procedure The hassle it is causing I wish I had just paid the Egyptian Doctor whilst there and taken out a normal standard policy with an excess on it). I have contacted the travel insurance and said that if they thought I was lying about my medical health prior to travel, as I had signed a disclaimer saying I was fit and telling the truth, they should contact my GP direct, and again gave them my doctors details.
The 'Holiday Village' has a 'First Choice' branch on site as well as the GP Suite. Do you think if I email the hotel and explain the problem, they might be able to get the proof from that side, that yes I was on holiday there at them dates of which the claim was made?
First Choice will have record of me as they filled out a form about my illness during my stay.
I don't think I will bother using a waiver on my TI again, as well as this company which I always use and never have claimed from before.
It was not a yearly policy Glynis, it was a 14 day one which cost me and my family about £50. I can't believe they want proof I was away on those dates, in Egypt when they are claiming from Egypt. Maybe I just fancied taking the policy out for those dates so I could pay £50 to claim back £35
By all means email the hotel and explain but as Peter says it is just not worth all the hassle.
It does seem such a hassle for £35 but there is no way you could have known all this at the time. However the Egyptian doctor still hasn't been paid so I guess you will either have to follow through the claim or just arrange to settle direct.
Anyone would think the claim was for hundreds or thousands of pounds in which case you could understand the Insurers asking for doctors confirmation etc but not when it's the small amount involved. Perhaps a letter to them stating this might help!!
I'd do as suggested and ask if a copy of visa/passport/confirmation invoice will suffice.
Glynis I'm not an idiot I signed one receipt for £35 written thirty five pounds, and no more. My only mistake was not asking for a copy, but I assumed you would get one at the check out desk. As I never had to pay anything I never got no receipt.
When away, I asked about my bill and a receipt, the Doctor on duty said but your bill is only £35, I said yes but I can claim back at home. He said you have zero access, I said yes. He said no problem take a copy of your insurance invoice, passport and phone your IC and get your claim number and hand into reception.
To be fair now I understand the IC wanting evidence. The Doctors must be getting away with this quite often. What would be the worst if I ignored it all? I would have paid what I really owed but that is just taking the mike. My only choice now is to get the evidence that I was away at those dates and a Doctors note saying I was well month before I went and let the TI battle it out. All for flippin £35. Can't believe it
I can honestly say i have never ever had this problem.
I always insure with FORTIS either through a broker or internet, either way same company.
My bill, hubbys and daughters last June/July was nearly £200.
Excess waived as always.
GP in resort after treatment wrote a receipt which then went to reception, they added to my final room bill on vacating.
I paid by CC so i got added proof, and received a copy of the bill i had paid.
I got home, went to broker, they rang fortis who in a day sent claim form to broker.
Broker filled in and copied my receipts and sent it by fax.
Two days later a cheque arrived by post for the full amount.
Now ..... Last November i had an irritation to sun oil and had ears waxed.
Cost £55, got home rang fortis myself this time .... told her the amount, she trusted me from receipts i had given before and sent a cheque out again that same day.
I cannot recommend this company enough and always waiver the excess.
In fact most of my insurance is through them.
I cannot understand what is going on in your predicament.
But i hope you get it back, it seems to stem to your insurance company though.
ps... i will try and find out more for you
The insurance want nothing but flight tickets or a booking invoice as evidence I was away on the dates. I think it is because they know I have no evidence that they are saying this. They don't seem the least bit concerned about it being a fraudelent claim to which I find disgusting attitude.
They also want me to contact the doctor abroad and say that his bill is incorrect. Is that not between the ic and petrson claiming?
My friend told me today that the same happened to her a few years back. She said don't contact them, ignore it and rip up any mail. I'm not sure though but she said she never heard a thing again from them.
I want the problem solved though, I don't want any further problems. I mean it could affect me getting insurance in the future.
Did you try to contact the travel agent/tour operator to get a copy of your booking invoice?
I certainly don't think you should be contacting the doctor - I would simply send a letter to the Insurance company stating the treatment you received and that you signed a document for the amount of £35 - and let them take it up with the doctor to produce the document you signed!
You could also take advice from the Insurance Ombudsman if you feel the Insurance Company are being deliberately unhelpful!
I don't want to contact the hotel yet as I think I am wise to be careful at this point what I say.
I think I will give them people you recommend a call, at least they can advise me of my rights etc.
I will let you all know the outcome. I just hope people learn from my mistake also. Always insist on some sort of copy of payment or amount to be claimed and the treatment you required. But never again will I use Insure And Go.
However since these have become involved, Insure and Go have emailed me copy of receipts, which the doctor from Egypt has forwarded them. All long reports stating examinations, oral medication and 3 injections. What a load of tosh and not one of them signed by myself. Plus not even the one there which I did sign! I had one injection and all medication was purchased myself from the pharmacy outside the complex and the doctors room did not even have a computer to be able to type up these reports whilst I was there.
Like I wished I had payed the £35 when on holiday, like now I wish I had just gone to the doctor for a statement saying I was fit a month prior to travel. I am now stuck in this long drawn out procedure.
I can understand where they're coming from in ensuring we are not claiming for an Armani suit when in fact it comes from Primark but that is completely unreasonable .
I would of thought there was some sort of standard compensation for a suitcase . Well I've learnt something there .
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