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GPs must take care with medical travel insurance tests

16 February 2009 07:36

GPs must take care with medical travel insurance tests

When it comes to travel insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions, it is important for GPs to be as careful as possible when making any pre-travel diagnoses, it has been suggested.

According to medical travel insurance expert Dr Deb Mills, doctors should be sure to go through the fine print of a policy when helping sick patients who wish to travel.

Speaking to Australian website 6minutes.com.au, the specialist suggested that any claims could be rejected if all paperwork is carried out "as comprehensively as possible".

"Sometimes a GP can only quantify the risk into low, medium or high," she warned."“But GPs also need to be very careful regarding the actual wording of insurance policy questionnaires."

Earlier this month, overseas property specialist Shelter Offshore urged people with pre-existing medical conditions to prepare before travelling abroad.

It advised them to take a letter from their doctor giving details of their illness in case they should need treatment while they are travelling.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19020191-ADNFCR