Reliable holiday insurance

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Hi, my husband has advanced prostate cancer which is currently managed well with hormone therapy. We had a trip planned for next spring to Cambodia and Vietnam which was obviously before his diagnosis. I’m looking for some holiday insurance cover but not sure who to contact. Can anyone advise please? Thanks 

  • Hi  and a very warm welcome to the online community which I hope you'll find is both an informative and supportive place to be.

    Unfortunately, it can be more difficult to find travel insurance when you've had a cancer diagnosis. However, there are lots of people in this group who've got insurance and are enjoying holidays.

    Have you had chance to look through the 'recommended travel insurance' thread yet, as that's where the majority of recommendations are? If not, clicking on the link I've created will take you straight there. There are lots of recommendations there so it's probably best to make a list before starting to phone around.

    Most people recommend that you phone the companies rather than do the quote online as it gives you a chance to explain 'things' to a person rather than wondering how to answer a question online. Also, sometimes you can get to the end of a lengthy online quote only to be told that you need to ring the company before they can give you a quote anyway.

    I do hope that you can get some reasonably priced travel insurance so that you can carry out your plans.

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  • Why are you referring everyone to a link that’s been closed for ages? 

  • Hi  

    The thread that I link people to is the most relevant one, as it has lots of recommendations for travel insurers that people have found will provide insurance for those of us who have had cancer. The fact that comments can no longer be added doesn't stop it being useful and that is why it's permanently 'pinned' to the top of the discussion list.

    Are you currently struggling to find travel insurance?

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  • Yes I am - how can such out of date recommendations help? Each time I go on holiday I think I’ll get my insurance from the last company I used & it’s never the best price, I have to try elsewhere, it changes constantly, but I have to say  ALL quotes are extortionate at present for various destinations and I am not terminal, not currently having treatment and my last scan showed reduction in size. We are being quoted ridiculous prices, I think it’s gone mad, a bit like car insurance has for everyone. I have a (hopefully) long road ahead and my cancer is not curable but very treatable with many many treatments left for me to try. These underwriters questions are out of date and they box cancers together. Sorry I’m upset and frustrated by the situation. Life with cancer is tough and we need to have our holidays, as do our partners & families going through this with us. I’ve just had a quote for £2988 for a week in Mexico - 2 comparison websites came up with nothing, both being ‘specialist’ websites for those with underlying conditions. Looks like we’ll be staying in UK or risking Europe & travelling without full cover. I will throw away my bucket list. Rant over -sorry. If anyone has got a decent quote recently please let us know. 

  • I'm sorry to read how much difficulty you're having getting reasonably priced travel insurance   and that you feel the recommendations that other members have provided are out of date. However, just because they were first recommended several years ago doesn't mean that these companies won't still be providing decently priced insurance for many people.

    I notice that you mention that you are using specialist comparison websites but many people in the group have recommended that phoning the companies and being able to speak to someone yields much better results. 

    I have personally used payingtoomuch.com and goodtogoinsurance.com in the last few years and found both of them to be a reasonable price. They fully covered my cancers along with my husband's pre-existing medical condition.

    I don't know if you've already used the Travel insurance Directory but, if not, clicking on the link will take you there.

    I know how frustrating having to phone lots of travel insurance companies is, as I have to do it every time I want to book a holiday, but please don't give up your dreams.

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  • Yes used all that you mentioned, Paying Too Much was very good last year for sourcing reasonable quotes but not so in the last few months. Yes I phone direct too. The Travel Insurance Directory just give a list of insurers, most of which I had already tried. Thank you, I will post if I get any good quotes. 

  • I have just been quoted 1600 for a year for a non operated tumour

  • Hi  

    Welcome to the online community and to the travel insurance forum in particular.

    £1600 does sound like a very high quote compared to some of the quotes I know people have obtained. Have you had chance to look through the 'recommended travel insurance' thread yet that I linked Face to? If not, clicking on the link I've created will take you straight there. You'll find lots of recommendations there and hopefully some cheaper ones to the one you've been quoted.

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