Travel Insurance and Cancer

People all have the same reasons for wanting to travel: to see new places, meet new people, experience new things, visit someone or somewhere they love, to work, or just to relax. Even if you haven’t been affected by cancer, your motivations for going away are likely to be the same as someone who has been, and more often than not those fighting cancer often bring forward trips as a way to experience something they always wanted to, or as a chance to get away and recover. For someone who has been or is ill, getting away from the routine of check-ups, doctors and medical care can be an ideal chance to recover somewhere relaxing and different.

Taking out travel insurance to ensure you’re covered for any possible medical treatment whilst away from home is essential, as you want to be able to claim for emergency medical costs and care abroad, even if the treatment you’re receiving is as a result of illness. In destinations such as the US, or outside Europe, the medical costs can become phenomenal, especially if they include flying you back home for further treatment.

Getting travel insurance after you’ve been diagnosed with something like cancer can make things complicated, difficult and expensive. From the insurance company’s point of view, you are a bigger risk having already been ill, and therefore are more likely to need them to pay for medical treatment, or to cancel your holiday last minute. Insurancewith treats each customer as an individual, assessing their personal medical situation in detail with empathy and expert advice. CD, from Surrey said,“This is the second policy I’ve taken with you – the advisors I spoke to during the screening process have been very helpful and knowledgeable. And your quotes have been very affordable compared to others I’ve had. You are over £1,000 cheaper”

Cancer patients often find the online screening process of many travel insurance providers difficult as they cannot always ‘tick all the boxes’, and in some cases, insurers ‘say no to cancer’ and refuse cover to people who have suffered with the illness because it proves too much of a risk to insure. Questions about diagnosis, treatment and prognosis are common among many insurance providers’ medical screening tests and can sometimes be distressing to those suffering with the illness. With Insurancewith’s innovative medical screening process, the customer actually talks to a personal risk specialist, who helps custom-build their quote based on their individual medical situation. JD, from Surrey praises our inclusive travel insurance after they bought a policy for his mum: “Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and all your staff for not saying No to Cancer and arranging travel insurance for my mum. It meant the world to us as a family, allowing us to go as a family back to our house in Florida for a much needed holiday. After numerous calls to other companies, we had given up, Mum and Dad were so disappointed, until you called us back with great news and your quote”.

With Insurancewith, our underwriters give our customers a bespoke quote based on the actual risk rather than the perceived risk of their situation, and our award-winning 1-2-1 medical screening system helps generate a fair quote for our customers. We work with the medical charity FACT (Fighting All Cancers Together) in order to keep our questionnaires and advice up-to-date which is incredibly useful, especially when cancer-related medicine is constantly evolving.
Below is a testimonial from KB, from the West Midlands, who recently took out some Insurancewith cover, who commends our customer service and the medical advice that they received:
“A couple of weeks ago you gave me some insurance to go on holiday.  We had a lovely holiday thanks to you covering me with everything that is going on, and I was able to have a very lovely holiday.  I would like to thank you very much for your service and I do hope we will be able to use you again later on in the year.  It was all very traumatic for me and you made it very easy and very nice.  Thank you so much for being so helpful, everyone was so kind guiding me through all the medical side of things.  It was all perfect, thank you very much for your help and if I’m able to travel again I will be back with you.”
For many, cancer won’t affect their ability to travel or where they go. Cancer comes in many varying forms with different states and grades, so two people with the same type of cancer may have different treatments and needs. We at Insurancewith are proud of their ability to offer 98% of customers who can’t ‘tick all the boxes’, a bespoke, reasonable quote for our comprehensive cover, and with it, the ability to escape and relax abroad. JC, from Yorkshire commended Insurancewith on their ability to provide them with cover:
“Thank you once again for enabling me to enjoy another memory with my friends.  Many thanks, you really do make a difference”

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