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Published on : Wednesday, July 19, 2017
A cancer charity is calling on the insurance industry to cut the huge costs which stop many patients going abroad. Thanks to the outdated holiday insurance travel policies which view cancer as a “death sentence”.
According to Macmillan Cancer Support, while the average cost of travel insurance is £37, thousands of people with cancer are paying £1,000 or more. The society also said that some prices and policies treat cancer as an illness that only affects a small number of people, where the truth is by 2020, one in every two people will get the disease at some point in their lives. Macmillan say high travel insurance costs could leave people who have had cancer struggling financially, stop them going on holiday or mean they travel without appropriate medical cover – though they stress that going abroad without insurance could put them at risk of eye-watering medical bills if they fall ill.
Cancer patients are also now twice as likely to survive at least 10 years after diagnosis than they were at the start of the 1970s, said Macmillan, which has called on the insurance industry to ensure people living with cancer are not priced out of the market.
The figures showed that more than 8,500 British holidaymakers applied for the travel insurance but could not afford the policy despite being diagnosed with cancer more than 10 years ago.
Macmillan Cancer Support chief executive Lynda Thomas said for many people with cancer, getting travel insurance can turn a dream holiday into a nightmare.
“Every day, we hear from people who have longed for a holiday as a chance to recuperate, to celebrate the end of their treatment, or to spend precious time with friends or family, only to have those plans shattered by issues with travel insurance.
“It’s not good enough that they are being denied travel insurance or charged sky-high prices. Even those who were diagnosed a decade ago are being written off as ‘uncoverable’.”