Why do I need specialist asthma holiday insurance?
Asthma is a common condition in the UK, and with 1.1 million children and 4.3 million adults actively receiving treatment, it’s not something you should forget to tell your travel insurance provider about whether you have mild asthma or severe asthma.
Unlike most standard travel insurance policies that will include a limited amount of cover for medical expenses, specialist travel insurance covering asthma is there in case you need to make a claim for any asthma attacks, medical emergencies or issues during your trip.
Asthma is classified as a pre-existing condition and Medical Travel Compared has helped many people with a range of different pre-existing conditions find competitive cover to suit their needs, including those living with asthma.
In fact, with us - you can compare medical travel insurance from a wide variety of leading travel insurance providers within minutes. We make it simple for you to shop around for the right policy to suit you, so you can sooner get back to the more exciting part of planning your holiday. Whether you are looking for single-trip or multi-trip insurance, we have options for you.Get a quote
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Does asthma affect the cost of travel insurance?
Once you disclose a pre-existing medical condition like asthma, it’s likely this could affect your premium.
However, this is always treated on a case-by-case basis - as the severity of your condition will also impact your premium. This is determined by the medical screening process and questions you might be asked as you go through the process.
Some examples of the questions you could be asked are:
- Have you ever had a diagnosis made of COPD (e.g. chronic bronchitis or emphysema)?
- How old were you when asthma was diagnosed?
- How many medicines are prescribed for your asthma (count each inhaler as one medicine)?
- Do you use nebulisers as part of routine maintenance of asthma?
This gives providers more of an insight into your unique medical history - enabling them to offer you a policy that should provide suitable cover.
However, pre-existing medical conditions are not the only thing that may affect your premium. Other factors, like destination, can also impact your premium – especially if healthcare costs are particularly high in that country.
What’s covered in a travel insurance policy for asthma sufferers?
Specialist asthma cover will usually cover the following:
- Emergency medical expenses and repatriation - if you require medical attention as a result of asthma, or if you need to be repatriated back to the UK in an emergency.
- Lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings - including any medication, like Ventolin inhalers, for example.
- Cancellation and curtailment - the insurance provider will cover you in the event of needing to cancel your holiday or cut it short for a certain reason (usually medical).
- Travel delay - this won’t always be included, check with your provider.
- Personal liability - if you cause accidental damage to another person or someone else’s property - cover is provided.
Again, we work with plenty of specialist asthma travel insurance providers - and you can compare cover in minutes thanks to our quick and easy-to-use online comparison tool.Get a quote
Travel insurance for children with asthma
Asthma is the most common long term medical condition amongst children, particularly under the age of five, who have asthmatic symptoms not to be given a confirmed diagnosis of asthma. This is because young children's airways can become irritated easily by viruses, making it hard for doctors to confirm a diagnosis.
This can cause difficulty for parents when applying for travel insurance as undiagnosed conditions cannot be covered. However, there is a way around this. Check the exact medical term stated on your child’s medical records.
It often tends to be ‘viral-induced wheeze’ also known as ‘RSV Bronchiolitis’ or ‘Respiratory Syncytial Viral Bronchiolitis’ – if this is the case, simply disclose the medical term to obtain cover.
As with adults, asthmatic children shouldn’t enjoy their holidays any less if they suffer with the condition.
Again, with careful planning and consideration, your child’s asthma can be kept under control for the duration of your planned holiday. You need to make sure that you look after their various prescriptions and medication – taking them everywhere you go.
Bear in mind that the air pressure/quality onboard an aircraft might have the potential to offset your child’s asthma. Encouraging them to drink water to avoid drying of their airways is one way in which you can help. Ventolin inhalers tend to be below the 100ml limit required for hand luggage – so it’s also recommended to bring this type of medication on the plane with you.
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Yes, we compare policies from over 30 specialist providers to find great cover for people who suffer from asthma. Get a quote.
A pre-existing condition is a diagnosed medical condition that existed before taking out a policy. We'll ask a series of questions about the medical history for you and any travellers on your quote. If you answer yes to any of these, you will need to tell us about the traveller's conditions. This could be a condition that a traveller has now or has had in the past. If you are not sure what conditions you need to declare, we have online support available to help you 24/7!
* Price is based on 1 traveller aged 61, who has declared Asthma and is travelling to France for 7 nights. The price is correct as of October 2023. Prices may vary according to your individual requirements.
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