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What Travel Insurance for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Covers



By George G.


If you have a pre-existing medical condition such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis or fibromyalgia, you should seriously consider getting a travel insurance package which will cover you for your health problems as well as anything that could happen during your trip.


The three kinds of travel insurance which covers you for pre-existing medical conditions are total pre-existing condition cover, limited travel insurance cover and long term cover.


Total pre-existing condition cover is the most expensive option, however it provides you comprehensive coverage for any pre-existing conditions. It will pay for any visits you may have to make to a doctor while you are abroad, including any hospital stays. In addition to that, it will also cover you for air ambulance or repatriation of your remains. Some of these travel insurance packages will also pay for a relative to travel out to you in case you had a medical emergency.


A limited travel insurance policy for pre-existing medical conditions will also pay for repatriation of remains, but it only pays for a limited amount of either hospital or doctor's visits.


Some of these travel insurance plans will include a cash payment for a sudden recurrence of your pre-existing medical condition while you are on holiday.


However, if you plan to be away for a long period or working abroad, then a long term pre-existing medical condition insurance policy is probably your best option.


Many of these travel insurance plans will cover you after a certain period of time or will have limits to the amount of cover they will provide each year. They could also include large excesses.


Before you decide to take up a travel insurance, make sure you fully understand what your policy actually covers. Travel insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions may cover you only up to a certain age or within a stipulated time frame.


You also want to be sure that your existing illness is covered under certain activities that you want  to participate. For example, dangerous sporting activities such as diving.


Most important of all, check with your insurance provider to find out how they define a pre-existing medical condition. It may differ from your idea of a existing medical condition.


Each individual insurance company will compile their own list of pre-existing medical conditions and have their own standards when it comes to providing insurance coverage for people with existing health problems.


It makes no sense paying for an insurance policy that will not cover when things go wrong. Always weigh your options, know what you are paying for, before you decide to buy a travel insurance.



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