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Insurance

RV8
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Hi,

does anyone have any recommendations for travel insurance. The automatic ones we have with the bank won't cover Lymphoma.

Cheers

John

John RV8
greg777
Posted by

Hi RV8,

I wondered if you had come across the below thread as yet? It is where a lot of members have collected advice about travel insurance. I hope you find it helpful.

All the best

Greg

community.macmillan.org.uk/.../recommended-travel-insurance

johnr
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Hi John, depending on the bank some have paid an extra premium and the bank cover has been maintained, this does though depend on which bank as not all offer the option, but worth contacting them to ask.

Also if you let us know where you are planning to go to we may be able to give you a steer i.e. if its main land Europe then Euro Tunnel are worth trying as you don't have to go through a screening process which is a real pain.

John 

we all know this is a roller coaster ride, where we ride blind, never knowing where the highs and lows are
moomy
Posted by

Hi,

Johns reply is really good, Eurotunnel usually do an excellent policy for Europe, but daughter (who travels more widely for work as well as pleasure) found Insurancewith offered her a good, well priced annual policy and they didn’t quibble when she had to cancel one trip, paid out easily.

hugs xxx

Moomy

Mum2k
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Hi everyone,

although we are the parents of someone who has had a stem cell transplant, I saw a link for insurancewith on this forum- my hubby and I are going to Canada but as he has artificial hips, and had 2 previous deep vein thrombosis even for insurance for pre existing medical conditions we were quoted nearly as much as what the flights cost us from other companies- I phoned insurancewith as I didn’t know if they covered other conditions other than cancers, and they did and for 19 days in Canada with his medical history it is £115 which is excellent- when I spoke to the lady about it she said it’s because other companies have standard questions- which they did and were all the same- but they look at how they affect you now and how they are controlled and it’s based on the individual! So I’m a nurse and I look at it as being very person centred! 

Hope this helps other people.

And Katy had her bone marrow biopsy results and she is totally leukaemia free- never cured though they said but in complete remission. She’s doing really well and has had a few bugs but managed to throw them off as her CD4 is excellent apparently! Probably better than ours now as we’ve picked up the bugs as well but it’s floored hubby 

KT’s mum 
Paul1969
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Hi

I have also used insurewith since my stem cell transplant and have always found them to be reasonable even in the early years post transplant. I originally spoke with one of their medical underwriters and have used them ever since and now only pay about £20 more a year than a standard policy.

after 5 years they told me that I was cured of ALL ( although as they said you can never say never with life and medicine) and there was no reason that it would return.... so just give it time!

Paul

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RV8
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Thanks everyone for your replies. All interesting and useful. Interestingly, insurewith didn't want to know about my lymphoma online. They phoned me today, still wouldn't allow for the lymphoma but charged £700+ for my cardiac condition. An interesting point that comes up is that if your spouse has their travel insurance, your condition, if not declared, will invalidate their insurance. In other words, if you have to cancel a holiday because you are sick, their policy will not cover them for cancelation fees. Found that out last year, very expensive!

Today, however, Staysure have covered my wife and I, accepting the lymphoma and cardiac condition for £500 for multi trips to Europe. So I'm happy with that.

Cheers all

John

John RV8