For most people, travel insurance is a fairly straightforward part of booking a trip. But for those affected by cancer, getting cover can prove extremely difficult, even if they have been free of cancer for a number of years.
Why is travel insurance an issue?
Our research shows that two in five (39%) of people affected by cancer are quoted higher premiums and some people tell us they are refused travel insurance altogether. People also reported insensitive treatment by customer service centre staff, saying it makes the whole process even more harrowing. Even those who have been cancer free for a number of years are facing real challenges doing what so many other people take for granted – protecting themselves against unforeseen events while abroad.
People with cancer, or who have had cancer, want to travel for a whole range of reasons but the hurdles they face are a major blow, particularly if they have already booked their trip. The scale of the problem will only increase due to the growing number of people who are being diagnosed with cancer, and living longer who want or need to travel.
What we're calling for
We think it should be easier for people affected by cancer to get travel insurance. You can find out more about this issue in our Recovered but not Covered report [PDF 623 kb] .