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Travel insurers accept swine flu claims

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by David Masters
Travel insurers accept swine flu claims

Most travel insurance firms are now accepting swine flu related claims without a doctor’s letter, the UK’s insurance trade insurance association has confirmed.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said member companies will accept swine flu claims without asking for proof from a GP.

Instead, insurers will ask for the unique ID number given to swine flu sufferers by the National Pandemic Flu Service helpline.

Nick Starling, ABI spokesperson, said the ABI “understands that the National Pandemic Flu Service will only authorise an anti-flu prescription to people who are genuinely displaying symptoms of swine flu”.

The ABI also assured holidaymakers that swine flu will be treated like “any other illness” by travel insurers.

In addition, anyone diagnosed with the flu before they set off on holiday will be covered for the costs of cancelling and rescheduling, the ABI said.

“While the outbreak of swine flu is causing concern, people should not overreact or panic and travel insurance is there to help”, Starling concluded.

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