Revealed: The Best & Worst Backpacker Destinations To Get Hurt (Including USA, Australia And India)

No one thinks that they will get injured while they are on holiday. Most of the time, we stay well and enjoy our time away, but sometimes things happen that are out of our control and we need medical treatment.

We’ve compiled a list of the best and worst places to get ill while on vacation. It seems that the USA tops the list for expensive treatment. If you need treatment you can expect to pay around $1300, which may be almost as much as you paid for your holiday!

A new study has revealed some of the best and worst places in the world to get injured, including 10 popular backpacking destinations like the USA, Australia and India
A new study has revealed some of the best and worst places in the world to get injured, including 10 popular backpacking destinations like the USA, Australia and India
  1. USA – $1300
  2. India – $1052
  3. Peru – $754
  4. Vietnam – $709
  5. Thailand – $479
  6. Costa Rica – $450
  7. Nepal – $304
  8. Australia – $294
  9. New Zealand – $216
  10. Sri Lanka – $214

India takes second place, surprisingly enough, with the cost of medical treatment about $1052. This equates to nine times the amount an average backpacker would spend per week of travel.

Coming in as the cheapest place to get sick, is Sri Lanka. Here, if you get ill on holiday, you can expect to pay about $215.

Although India is one of the cheapest places to travel in, medical treatments there can be extremely expensive
Although India is one of the cheapest places to travel in, medical treatments there can be extremely expensive

Upon further investigation we find that even though New Zealand comes in just above Sri Lanka, it is the best value for money at 0.3 times the amount the average backpacker spends there per week. However, it is the very high standard of care – according to WHO ratings – that make it best bang for your buck.

Australia and Costa Rica – while not being in the cheapest range – are in the best value for money, being second and third ranked.

Based on quality of care, New Zealand came out as the country with the best value for money out of 10 destinations 
Based on quality of care, New Zealand came out as the country with the best value for money out of 10 destinations

The most expensive, and also the worst value for your money, is India with quality of care being very low on the list.

It makes sense, therefore, to ensure you are well covered before you head off on your backpack holiday to some countries, otherwise you may find yourself out of pocket.

Source: Daily Mail