We are Macmillan. Cancer Support
A blog about getting travel insurance when you're affected by cancer. Mainly written and updated by Graham from Macmillan's information team – but anyone can contribute.
Affected by cancer and looking for travel insurance cover? You might find it helpful to search for the most recent discussions on the Online Community.
Below is a round-up of recent comments and experiences.
As I write this blog, an electronic version of our new Getting travel insurance booklet is currently whizzing through cyberspace to print.
Once we’ve printed copies, our Getting Travel Insurance booklet will be available through the usual channels:
In the meantime... fancy a look?
You can download the PDF version here. After all, you helped us create it.
This is the first edition of the booklet where we’ve used comments from this blog (like the ones left on this post about travel insurance companies) to help us gather feedback on companies.
It’s been brilliant to hear your views about companies that can help, and ones that aren’t so good.
Thanks for all your participation!
you’ve read the last two posts on this blog, you’ll already be well aware (and
quite possibly tired of me harping on about!) our travel insurance information and list of travel insurance companies. So for this post, I thought it
would be good to highlight some other really useful websites that could
help you find a reasonable deal.
are some online resources from other charities that you may find useful:
price comparison websites, such as these ones, are worth a look too:
let you fill in an online form and get a range of quotes from different
providers. For some people, filling in an online form to describe the details
of your health condition is less worrying than calling up a company.
blog post gives a handful of examples of online resources. Have you found any other websites useful?
just a quick note to say thanks very much to everyone who has commented on this
blog so far! We really value your comments about travel insurance companies,
and are taking them into account as we revise our Getting
travel insurance booklet, which should be printed in July
2013. Thanks again.
Many travel insurance companies say they cover people who have cancer. But your emails and calls to Macmillan suggest this cover is often unaffordable.
We recently had a call from Jacqueline, who had read our Getting travel insurance booklet. Her 83-year old husband had bowel cancer more than 10 years ago. Aside from a bowel obstruction, which was unrelated to the cancer, he has recently been very well and is not on any medication.
Jacqueline called 15 travel insurance companies, but was surprised and disappointed to be quoted between £2,000 and £580 for a one week holiday in Cyprus.
In the end, Jacqueline and her husband cancelled their holiday and lost their deposit. They didn’t want to go on holiday without travel insurance – but the travel insurance was going to cost more than the holiday.
While calling the companies, she found out that:
Other readers have recently been in touch with us to praise Eurotunnel and another travel insurance company that we haven’t come across before called Global Travel Insurance.
Have you tried getting travel insurance through these companies? If so, it would be great to hear from you.
Travel insurance companies work by assessing risk. If a person ‘poses a risk’ to the company – in other words, they are likely to make a claim – the company will probably charge more for cover.
The principle is understandable. Yet from many stories we hear, it seems that some companies:
What do you think about Jacqueline’s story? Have you had a similar experience, or maybe a good experience with a particular company?
You might not know it from the weather, but spring officially begins today.
It’s a time of year when many of us start looking ahead to the summer. And, if you’re like me, you may be starting to daydream about holidays.
The daydreaming side of things is great. Unfortunately, there are also those annoying practical issues that we all need to think about before the bag-packing can commence.
At Macmillan, all the evidence – from your phone calls, posts on the Online Community, and search requests on our website – suggests that getting travel insurance is the single issue that causes you the most trouble when you try to organise trips abroad. With this in mind, we’ve set up this new blog.
Here are our main aims for the blog:
Lots of you have posted about travel insurance on the Online Community. So you probably know about all the issues that can make it more difficult to get travel insurance when you have, or have had, cancer. Getting cover can be particularly difficult if you’re going through treatment, or if you are terminally ill. If you need any more information about these issues, our online travel insurance information gives more details.
What would you like to see on this blog? What would be helpful? It would be fantastic to hear your thoughts, so please do feel free to comment below or send me a private message!
If you have any questions about our organisation our Macmillan team would love to hear from you
You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or YouTube.
© Macmillan Cancer Support 2010
what are these?