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Travel Insurance - medical questions

My husband had a heart attack 13 years ago. He didn’t need stents as it was caused by a narrowing of an artery. His BP and cholesterol were both completely normal but as a precaution he was prescribed one tablet per day for both cholesterol and BP. He has never looked back thank goodness. When we are completing medical questions on travel insurance forms I feel we are forced to say he suffers from High Cholesterol and BP even though this is not the case. Our European insurance has been reasonable but now we are planning a 10 day trip to Florida and the cost of insurance is approx £1200. He is 71 now so I assume his age is a factor. Does anyone know any way around these medical questions? Thank you for reading my post

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We get our insurance from Insurancewith. My husband has health conditions as well as me. They are very good at listening to what you say unlike other companies who insist on a yes/no answer which doesn't always apply .

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As your husband did not require intervention like stents or a bypass it suggests the narrowing was less than 50%. You have to be honest about the medication and don't be tempted to stop it even temporarily as his BP and cholesterol levels could go out of range.

The perils of not getting appropriate insurance was in the papers earlier this year. A family went to Florida and the grandmother (about 60) was hospitalised (heart?) and got a huge bill. There was no insurance in place and the family attempted crowd funding but as I recall got little sympathy as they had found the money for a very expensive holiday and skimped on insurance.

I suggest trying StaySure.

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It’s worth comparing because I moved from staysure to all clear last year as it was much cheaper for the same cover and staysure only wanted to give me European cover

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All Clear are very reasonable for people with heart conditions, however, America & the carribean is always gonna be expensive due to the high costs of health care out there.

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Hi.

The best thing is to ask your GP what they would say in the very unlikely event of you having to make a claim. Having had a recent claim I am just glad we asked our GP. He told us what he would put on the medical declaration and when we made the claim they paid out no problem.

Your husband could do this over the telephone with his GP or book a short appointment.

Happy holiday.

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Hi you could try Boots I have Boots silver and it covered us annually with a cruise to the Carabean included . Found it to be reasonable .

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Not really because I’m prescribed statins after a heart attack nearly 4 years ago I have to declare cholesterol. I use all clear insurance as it’s much better with age and ‘conditions’

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Thanks everyone. I think best option is to chat to GP and agree on what needs to go travel insurance application. Incidentally I was speaking to lady from Staysure who said that if a perfectly healthy person takes travel insurance with no medical cover, they would not be covered in the event of something happening on holiday if it transpired they had visited their GP in the past two years - for even a flu!

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There was something on the tv a while ago re a person who died on holiday far away from home. Didn’t have any insurance . The family had to sell the house to get the person home to be buried! Scary. I think it’s best to declare everything esp if had any major illness.

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Hi. I wa turned down by 42 companies when i tried to get travel insurance in February. Then I asked for advice on this forum & was informed about the

Women's Institute group travel insurance policy with Open Travel. Next day i went to a meeting of my local WI group, & joined the group. The day after i downloaded the Open Travel application form & completed it. They charge £195 by annual direct debit for annual multi trip worldwide policy which can include spouse & children living at same address. No medical questions asked. Good luck. Clare

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Clare I'm thinking of taking out the W.I. travel insurance for next year. I am a member. I read about the insurance on this forum. Most members I've spoken to have never heard of it! I wonder how easy it is to get support for a medical emergency abroad? Do you have any knowledge of making a claim?

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Hi, no I haven't had to make a medical claim yet. You could look at the Open Travel website online, then phone & ask them. In their policy booklet are phone numbers to call in emergency. I decided to just visit EU countries since having several heart conditions diagnosed, & can use EHIC card for medical emergencies.

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Thanks Clare appreciate your prompt reply.

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I am concerned that EHIC might disappear on Brexit, in particular the hard version favoured by MPs living in the Victorian era!

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Hi Michael. I agree. I believe it's "under consideration". A good travel insurance will be even more important after brexit. I feel very fortunate I've already been everywhere I wanted to go. Clare

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I really enjoy going to the WI meetings & outings too! Clare

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We are with Staysure. They're strict and expensive, but a lot cheaper than most. Plus you need that cover, just in case. Good luck

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