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Holidaymakers 'embarrassed' by travel insurance medical discussions

19 April 2009 16:49

Holidaymakers 'embarrassed' by travel insurance medical discussions

A number of people are embarrassed about discussing their medical histories with travel insurance providers who cover pre-existing medical conditions, it has been suggested.

According to Sainsbury's Finance, some people are concerned they will be refused cover while others feel "uncomfortable" discussing their health complaints.

Natasha Virtue, communications manager at the bank, also claimed that some people "mistakenly" believe failing to disclose medical conditions will enable them to secure cheaper holiday insurance premiums.

Her comments were made following the publication of research by Sainsbury's Travel Insurance, which indicated that as many as 1.3 million people have holidayed abroad without sharing the details of an ailment with their provider.

"There will also be another group who are simply unaware that they are obliged to disclose such details to their providers, and do not realise the ramifications of failing to do so," she warned.

Research from Sainsbury's Travel Insurance indicated that some 500,000 people with medical conditions have holidayed abroad without no travel insurance cover at all.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19124516-ADNFCR