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A blog about getting travel insurance when you're affected by cancer. Mainly written and updated by Debbie and Graham from Macmillan's information team – but anyone can contribute.
The winter 2013-2014 edition of our Getting travel insurance booklet is now available to order. You can also read the information on our updated web pages.
If you've read previous editions, you’ll know that the booklet features a list of insurance companies that may be able to insure people affected by cancer. We print a new version every six months, at which point we add or remove companies based on your recommendations.
For this new booklet, we’ve tried to give more details about each insurance company - what they can and can’t cover, and whether they cover people who are terminally ill, for example. We know from your feedback that some of you have called companies we’ve listed in the past, only to have a bad experience with them or find that they won’t cover you. So the descriptions are now worded to give as much detail as possible.
I hope you find the new edition useful. As always, please do get in touch with me (through the community or by emailing email@example.com) with any feedback about our travel insurance information or about your experiences with companies.
ITV recently covered the case of one family affected by cancer who are struggling to get travel insurance. Click below to watch the video.
The Telegraph also ran this article, which gives some general advice about getting travel insurance when you’re affected by cancer and also features a list of specialist companies.
Have you tried getting travel insurance recently? Were the companies you contacted helpful? We're currently preparing for the next update of our travel insurance information, so please let us know.
I have just booked my mother's travel insurance after obtaining a macmillan cancer booked. Eurotunnel(Tel: 08708 508299) is amazing and confirmed travel insurance for anyone with whatever type of illness or pensioners. It is £20.75 for 7 nights; £27.25 for 14 nights for any age and £50 for a year for those under 70.If you are ill ie even taking tablets for rest of your life, you just need to get a permit to travel from your doctor or consultant and take that letter with you on holiday.
My annual travel policy with Insure & Go is due for renewal. I had previously declared my arthritis and mouth cancer but opted to exclude the conditions from the cover I bought. However, this year I was told I could no longer exclude these conditions and the quoted premium more than doubled. After seeing Suz's blog, I contacted Eurotunnel and arranged cover with the same benefits for £48 instead of Insure & Go's £85+. Thanks very much, Suz.
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