Give us a break

If anyone deserves a break, it's someone with cancer. We want to make sure travel insurance is clear and fairly priced, so that people with cancer can take a break when they really need it.

Every day we hear from people who are having trouble getting travel insurance cover:

  • People with cancer are often quoted travel insurance premiums that are much too high. 
  • Sometimes cancer is excluded from their cover, and sometimes they’re not able to get cover at all. 
  • This can even happen years after returning to good health following successful treatment.

Our calls to the insurance industry

  • We're calling on the insurance industry to try and use more accurate, relevant and tailored information. This way, people with cancer are treated fairly and aren’t priced out of the market.
  • We also want insurers to try and give clearer explanations about how quotes are calculated, and what an exclusion might mean if someone needed to make a claim.

Tell me more about why this matters

What impact is this having on people?

  • Many people with cancer simply can’t get cover and find themselves unable to take a break when they really need it.
  • Even years after successful treatment, people are being written off as ‘uncoverable’. 
  • Getting travel insurance can turn a dream holiday into a nightmare.


What is Macmillan doing?

  • We have launched our ‘Give us a break’ campaign to raise awareness of the issues that people with cancer tend to experience when they’re trying to get travel insurance.
  • Last month, Macmillan provided evidence and insight to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) about the challenges cancer patients face. The FCA has now called for a review, and we’re looking forward to working with them – and the insurance industry – to find solutions.

If you have or have had cancer, and have experience of trying to get travel insurance, we want to hear from you.