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Cancer sufferers charged more for travel cover?

Macmillan Cancer Support has launched a campaign to highlight alleged discrimination in the travel insurance industry against people who have recovered from cancer.The charity claims that some travel insurers will not provide cover for people who have recovered from cancer or will charge inflated premiums if they do agree to insure the traveller.Speaking on BBC 2's Working Lunch programme, the head of campaigns at Macmillan, Ayesha Owusu-Barnaby, said: "Macmillan's Recovered But Not Covered campaign is really about highlighting the fact that people who have gone through treatment, they have come out the other side and have recovered from their cancer, are still facing insensitive treatment and are being quoted huge amounts."She added: "What we are calling for is for insurers to have a look at the risk that people really do face when they are travelling abroad for that two weeks in Spain. "Insurance companies really need to understand that and make sure they are assessing patients in the right way." A spokesman for the Association of British Insurers, meanwhile, dismissed the claims of discrimination.Malcolm Tarling countered: "The insurance industry wants to provide travel insurance to as many people as possible. "We are not in the business of cherry picking, we don't just want people who are in perfect health, we recognise that there is a growing number of people who want to travel and need to travel but have serious medical conditions."

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