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Travel Insurance with Hydrocephalus

If you have hydrocephalus, then, as you have been diagnosed with a pre-existing medical condition you can find it harder to get travel insurance.

Travel Insurance with Hydrocephalus

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  • What is Hydrocephalus?

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    Hydrocephalus is when pressure is placed upon the brain due to a build up a cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid should protect, feed and remove waste from the brain but if it is unable to flow well between ventricles and outside of the brain to drain through the spinal cord, it collects, creating pressure on the brain which can cause nausea, headaches, poor vision and cause walking difficulties. It may be congenital or acquired. Most babies with spina bifida have hydrocephalus.

  • Do I need to declare Hydrocephalus as a pre-existing medical condition when buying travel insurance?

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    Yes. Hydrocephalus is one of many pre-existing health conditions that insurers require people to declare when applying for travel insurance.  A failure to declare your diagnosis could invalidate your insurance which would mean you would not be able to claim on your policy.  Should you require emergency medical treatment you will then be required to meet what could be significant bills for your care and, if necessary, the cost of your medical repatriation to the UK.

  • Will having Hydrocephalus prevent me from getting travel insurance?

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    No, but it might make it more difficult for you to get a cheap travel insurance quote. Because you have a pre-existing medical condition insurers may demand a higher premium and ay place certain restrictions on your cover. You will still be able to secure highly competitive travel insurance to cover hydrocephalus from company like Fish which specialises in sourcing cover for people with disabilities or health complaints.

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Key benefits at a glance

Covers a wide range of pre-existing medical conditions

No age limit*

Single and annual multi-trip cover

24/7 emergency assistance

Covers emergency replacement of prescription medicines

Provides cover for a replacement carer

Protects mobility and disability equipment, providing replacement equipment in the event of a loss

Alternative accommodation cover

Cruise cover

Friendly UK-based claims service and specialist medical assistance

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Information and support

For information on all forms of hydrocephalus (congential, acquired and the rare normal pressure hydrocephalus) visit the Shine website. This charity helps and supports those whose lives are affected by hydrocephalus and spina bifida. You’ll also find plenty of information on the NHS website.

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