Got A Defibrillator Fitted? How Does It Affect Your Travel Insurance In The UK?  

Got A Defibrillator Fitted? How Does It Affect Your Travel Insurance In The UK?

One thing that many people forget about when traveling abroad is travel insurance. This insurance is purchased to cover financial and other losses while you're out of the country. You can either arrange your travel insurance one trip at a time, when you book your travel, or have more continuous insurance issued. Which option is better for you will depend on how often you travel. Travel agencies, travel insurance companies, and travel suppliers like cruise lines all often offer travel insurance.

One of the most common reasons to get travel insurance is to make sure that medical help is available, should there be an accident or other medical incident while you're traveling. In countries that require up front payment for medical treatment, travelers could find themselves in a bad spot without travel insurance coverage. Travel insurance can be obtained to cover medical expenses, emergency evacuation, injury, and loss of income from medical problems suffered while you are aboard.

However, people who have had a defibrillator fitted recently may discover some difficulties getting travel insurance. This is because this may qualify as a pre-existing condition. Insurance companies tend to increase your rate if they feel that you are more of a risk. It is however very important to declare your defibrillator when you apply for travel insurance. Otherwise, you might find that you are not covered if something goes wrong. The travel insurance company might state that your pre-existing condition invalidates you for coverage.

If you find that a standard travel insurance policy does not cover you, you may be able to find a specialty policy that will. Be aware that specialty insurance policies have different rates and requirements than standard travel insurance. You can find out more about these kinds of policies and how your travel insurance will be affected by a defibrillator by asking an insurance broker. Brokers are agents hired to help you find the best insurance for your needs. A specialist broker will have knowledge about all the areas of travel insurance that might be a problem for you.

People with known heart problems should be aware that airline regulations prevent them from traveling on a plane until around 10-14 days after a heart attack, and plan their travel insurance accordingly. It's important that your insurance be for an amount that would allow for hospital and hotel stays until this airline delay is over. It's also a good idea to take out a travel insurance policy that carries 24-hour emergency service. That way, you can report any trouble to the insurance company right away, and know that you'll be covered. Always make sure that your medical coverage is adequate for the country you will be traveling in, and know where the nearest medical facilities are if you are worried about having any trouble abroad. By notifying your travel insurer of all possible problems, you can enjoy yourself, assured that you will be able to get the medical care you need in case of an incident.   Site Map - About Us - Contact Us - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy

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