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One size travel insurance policies not a good fit for cancer sufferers

Travel insurance policies are designed on a "one-size fits all" basis, but this is not always the case, particularly for those with health problems.Travellers who have a pre-existing medical condition, or those who have been diagnosed with cancer often find it difficult to get travel insurance - research carried out by the charity Cancerbackup found that as many as 70 per cent of sufferers who tried to find travel insurance found the experience distressing, while 90 per cent found it difficult or impossible to find cover. Kelly Ostler from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) commented: "A high-street policy is designed as a one-size fits all in most cases. It doesn't provide cover for people with pre-existing medical conditions, so it excludes them from medical cover."She added: "There are plenty of specialist insurers out there, so it is a case of going to one of those, and shopping around…There is an active specialist market out there, and many cancer charities provide a list of those companies."

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