Australian facing AU$370,000 medical bill after travel insurance mishap in Bali

  • 10/08/2023
Blake Gibb.
Blake Gibb. Photo credit: supplied/Gibb family

An Australian tourist who was severely injured in a motorbike accident while on holiday in Indonesia has been left with a nasty medical bill, despite having travel insurance.

Blake Gibb suffered multiple fractures to his skull and traumatic brain damage after crashing into a wall on the island of Nusa Lembongan in Bali.

Two friends reportedly kept Gibb alive as he was transported to BIMC Hospital, where he underwent multiple operations. He was later medically evacuated to Australia on his 29th birthday.

Gibb purchased his travel insurance from Freely, which loaned his family AU$370,000 (NZ$400,000) for the hospital bills and the Medivac flight - but is now asking for it back, according to 7 News.

Motorcycle accidents were not covered by the policy unless the insured opted to pay an additional AU$7 per day, totalling just AU$14 (NZ$15) for the two days Gibb was riding one.

Gibb's mother Rosslyn has since launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for her son's medical bill.

"I've always made sure my family has insurance to cover these things. Now I'm wondering why. I'm thankful that they at least got him home and each day Blake is making a little progress but he has a long road ahead," she said on the page.

"He has shown us he's a battler and is trying to communicate and stay positive. Today he is having facial reconstruction surgery and as a family we want to be able to focus on his recovery. With your support and donations towards the $370,000 to repay the insurance you will help us be able to concentrate on getting him well."

At the time of publishing, nearly AU$50,000 has been raised for the Gibb family.