Holiday insurance policies force cancer patients to pay ‘sky high’ costs, says charity

Outdated holiday insurance policies that view cancer as a “death sentence” are forcing thousands of patients to pay “sky high” costs or forgo proper medical cover while abroad, a charity has said.

While the average cost of travel insurance is £37, thousands of people with cancer are paying £1,000 or more, according to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The organisation said some prices and policies treat cancer as an illness that only affects a small number of people – when in fact it is predicted that by 2020, one in every two people will get the disease at some point in their lives.

Cancer patients are also now twice as likely to survive at least 10 years after diagnosis than they were at the start of the 1970s, said Macmillan, which has called on the insurance industry to ensure people living with cancer are not priced out of the market.

A new poll conducted on more than 2,000 cancer patients found that 2 per cent are being denied insurance policies despite their cancer being diagnosed more than a decade ago…Read more>>