You can never put a Price on your Health

I love travelling, annoyingly, I don’t get the chance to do a lot of it. When I do travel however, I hate the idea of buying travel insurance; a very dangerous risk to take but I have done that every single time. Touch wood, I have not had a situation that required a travel insurance as yet. As welfare support advisor for the South East London Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre, I get asked all sorts of questions. Travel insurance happens to be one that comes up a lot. 
It is probably no news for all of you guys, and I mean you sickle cell sufferers, that being healthy whilst traveling is pretty important. Some of you are probably not bothering to get travel insurance, just like me. I tell you this, my next trip abroad in a couple of weeks, I would definitely buy travel insurance and I would strongly advice that you all do the same from now on. Yes, it will cost you a bit of money but, ultimately, it buys you a lot of peace of mind. God forbid, if your health takes a nosedive whilst you are abroad without appropriate insurance??? Well, your guess is as good as mine. The costs of getting healthcare could be mind boggling. So please invest in a travel insurance from a reputable company. Ensure you are covered for your specific medical conditions. Otherwise, you could still find yourself in a pickle. 
If your travel is within the EU, then it is quite simple. All you really need is the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). It won’t cost you anything to apply. In fact, less than 5 minutes online is all you need. Card will arrive within days. With that in your pocket, you get healthcare in the EU as though you are attending your local hospital here in UK. As simple as that, really. Let’s just say that I know of a situation where someone was traveling in the EU, didn’t have EHIC, then got ill. Oh dear. Not pleasant. Please don’t get caught out. 

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