Travel Insurance After a Stroke
We all know strokes tend to happen suddenly and take you by surprise, and if you have a previous history of strokes or mini strokes (TIA), you will want peace of mind knowing that should you become unwell or face an emergency on holiday, you will be taken care of.
That’s why having a travel insurance policy that includes cover for pre-existing medical conditions is so important – apart from protecting you from financial loss, it allows you to relax and enjoy your holiday!
Can You Get Travel Insurance If You Have Had a Stroke?
Yes, you can get travel insurance after a stroke. Having a stroke should not prevent you from travelling. As such, there are specialist insurers out there who offer travel insurance for stroke sufferers or those who have fully recovered from a stroke.
It’s important to declare that you have had a stroke, even if it wasn’t recently, when looking for a policy. That way, you can buy insurance that covers medical issues that may arise during your holiday as a result of you having a stroke.
Having said that – it’s important to check with your doctor that it’s ok for you to travel, before you go making any plans.
If the stroke happened recently, they may recommend staying at home until you’ve fully recovered.
Obviously, this depends on the seriousness of the stroke.
But if you’ve been given the all clear, then you can begin comparing stroke travel insurance quotes today.
What Does Stroke Travel Insurance Cover?
Cover limits vary from insurer to insurer, but essentially, if you have stroke cover included, you will be able to claim (up to the policy limits) for emergency medical expenses and repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and lost or stolen medication.
If you’re travelling companions are insured on the same policy, they too will be able to claim should your medical conditions cause them any trip complications.
Travel Insurance after a Mini Stroke (TIA)
It is also possible for you to buy travel insurance if you have had a mini stroke, also known as TIA.
TIA has similar symptoms to a stroke, but in most cases, they don’t last as long and the recovery period is quicker (typically around 24 hours).
Although not as serious as a stroke, if you have had TIA, you should absolutely purchase travel insurance that covers this particular condition.
If you don’t, then any problems caused or lasting symptoms from the TIA whilst you’re on holiday may not be covered by your policy – and you could be left out of pocket should you have to seek medical help on your trip.
Again, it’s important to declare the fact that you’ve had a TIA on insurance forms to make sure you’re fully covered.
If you are thinking about flying after a TIA stroke, we’d always advise you to speak to your doctor, or another medical professional before making any concrete plans.
Cost of Travel Insurance after a Stroke
The effects of a stroke can be different for each individual, with some making a full recovery and others having longer lasting symptoms.
This is why the cost of travel insurance for people who have had a stroke varies. It tends to be easier to get accepted for cover 3 months after a stroke, and the more stable your condition, the lower the premium.
Of course, there are other factors that contribute to the premium calculation such as age and travel destination. If you’re awaiting surgery you may find insurers reluctant to offer cover until the procedure is complete.
Why Use a Travel Insurance Comparison Service?
Being a stroke survivor means travel insurance is likely to cost more than it did it the past.
Comparing quotes is the best way to ensure you get the best deal, and using a specialist comparison website like Medical Travel Compared, saves you the hassle of ringing around for quotes and having to answer questions about your health over and over again!
If you prefer to talk to an expert, please give us a call. We don’t require doctors’ letters or the names of your medications in order to find you a stroke travel insurance policy, nor do we have an age limit.
Stroke Travel Tips
As mentioned – our number one stroke travel tip is to speak to your doctor.
Ask them if it’s ok for you to go on holiday, and if they have any advice for you as you go on your trip.
Flying itself should be ok. But general guidance is to wait until 10 days after a TIA, and 21 days after a stroke before getting on a plane.
If you’re feeling nervous, you could speak to the airline you’re travelling with. They should be able to offer some assistance with regards to travelling.
A few other tips:
- Book seats with extra legroom (if you can)
- Check-in early online to avoid long queues at the airport
- Always carry any medication you need in your hand luggage
- Get comprehensive travel insurance
Often stroke and mini strokes can be related to other medical conditions, such as an irregular heartbeat or thrombosis, and it’s likely that you will be prescribed medications to keep your blood thin.
Sometimes blood pressure and cholesterol tablets may be recommended by your doctor to prevent future strokes.
It’s important that you tell us all about your diagnosed medical conditions, including those that may have caused the stroke, so we can find you a policy that will cover you properly - we're on your side!
If you would like information about travelling after a stroke, the Stroke Association provides some useful advice.