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Diabetes Has Made Overseas Travel Almost Impossible!

Changes to one’s life come in dribs and drabs –

learning to walk, graduating from school, getting married and so forth, but on occasion those changes can be swift and startling.

Mark Burden was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and was struck by how much of his holidaying life was going to change.

“Over the years the amount I’ve been charged for travel insurance has crept up,” explained Mark. “Although I manage my condition well, each time I’ve applied for insurance the more ticks in the ‘do you have this condition’ boxes I’ve had to make and, in the last five years, the prices I’ve been quoted have really rocketed.”

Mark, from Weymouth has lived with his Diabetes for more than 30 years, a life-long condition that affects approximately 3.9 million UK citizens. The problem with this illness is not solely the Diabetes, but the associated medical conditions. High blood pressure, cholesterol, foot ulcers, poor circulation - all of these likelihoods carry with them a higher premium when looking for Medical Travel Insurance.

Mark continued: “To be honest, diabetes has made overseas travel almost impossible but not because of my illness, simply due to the prohibitive cost of travel insurance! In the past I've regularly had quotes of over £900 but a couple of years ago it was just astronomical.

“I was going on holiday to the USA and decided to go through a broker to find cover because I expected it to be more cost effective. But they were as shocked as I was when I was quoted £17,000 on top of the standard family cover – and that was even through a specialist diabetic insurer!

“The insurer obviously didn’t want to cover me but I eventually found insurance at around £700. So, when I was looking for insurance again this year, I was delighted when I discovered Medical Travel Compared.” is a specialist travel insurance comparison website created specifically to help mature travellers and those with pre-existing medical conditions to avoid paying over the odds. Through a simple but sophisticated online medical screening system, it offers easy and convenient access to a large choice of specialist travel insurance providers.

“I was on Facebook one day and saw a conversation between a couple of people with similar medical conditions chatting about how they had got great cover at a good price through Medical Travel Compared so I contacted them for cover this year.

“They came back with a quote of £433, which included all my medical cover as well as standard cover for the whole family for worldwide cover, including the USA and cruise cover. Amazing! That's a lot of money to save on a single trip…. Medical Travel Compared really has turned my hopes of continuing this sort of travel into reality. I will definitely use them again."

To watch Mark's interview, click here.

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