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Medical travel insurance patients require better solutions

26 August 2009 13:12

Medical travel insurance patients require better solutions

The industry needs to present customers with better options when it comes to travel insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

That is according to the British Insurance Brokers' Association (Biba), the UK's largest insurance trade association.

It told the Daily Mail that a solution to the difficulties patients face when taking out holiday insurance is long overdue.

Graeme Trudgill, a spokesman for the association, suggested that it wants insurers to recruit and train staff that are more compassionate to the needs of people suffering from conditions such as cancer or heart disease.

"We're also working with the government on an Equality Bill aimed at ensuring a fair system of risk-based pricing which reflects an individual's likelihood of needing treatment abroad," he added to the newspaper.

Research from cancer charity Macmillan suggests that two in five (39 per cent) people affected by cancer receive higher quotes from their travel insurance providers, while many say that they have been refused for cover altogether.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19029077-ADNFCR