Healthcare while travelling
Posted on Jul 02, 2013 by
My husband has had a serious cancer diagnosis and had a pulmonary embolus (clot in the lung) following a long-haul flight from the UK to Australia.
We`ve been to Sikkim and India, and along one of the Silk Roads from Istanbul to Beijing since then. Because he has a pre-existing condition, each time we insure there needs to be a doctor`s visit and exchange of information between our general practitioner and the insurance company, then they agree to insure, but not for those specific conditions.We pay about $100 extra for his insurance.
We`re happy to accept the level of risk involved in not being covered for the specific pre-existing conditions. He wears anti-embolism stockings now, and we break any flight over about 14 hours with a stop-over, but that`s as much for the comfort of being able to shower and sleep in a bed, than for medical reasons.
He`s going to New Guinea next year to walk the Kokoda Track, and we`re thinking about a trip to Egypt, so his medical conditions aren`t curtailing our plans very much.
Other may be able to give you their opinions, especially if they are travelling with cardiac conditions. Good luck with your plans.