Travel Insurance for Pre-existing Medical Conditions | Fast Cover

Travel Insurance for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

Travel insurance policies provide cover for unexpected illnesses or injuries overseas, as well as limited cover for medical conditions you may already be aware of at the time you purchase the policy. These are considered Pre-Existing Medical Conditions.

Having a Pre-Existing Medical Condition doesn’t mean you can’t get travel insurance.

In fact, it may be even more important to make sure you do have travel insurance that will cover your Pre-Existing Conditions, so you'll have adequate cover for related expenses if you unexpectedly get sick or injured during your trip.

Do I have a Pre-Existing Medical Condition?

It's important to think about your medical history for your entire life.

Even if your condition is something that was treated many years ago, or is an ongoing condition you've had for a long time, or is being managed by prescription medication, it's important to understand how it may affect your travel insurance cover.

For the purposes of travel insurance, a Pre-Existing Medical Condition is defined as any of the following criteria at the time of purchase:

  1. An ongoing medical or dental condition of which you are aware, or related complication you have, or the symptoms of which you are aware;
  2. A medical or dental condition that is currently being, or has been investigated, or treated by a health professional (including dentist or chiropractor) at any time in the past;
  3. Any condition for which you take prescribed medicine;
  4. Any condition for which you have had surgery;
  5. Any condition for which you see a medical specialist; or
  6. Pregnancy.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions can also include dental problems, mental health conditions, back problems and arthritis.

How do I get cover for my Pre-Existing Medical Conditions?

We've made buying travel insurance as fast and simple as possible by eliminating the need to fill out a medical assessment.

Fast Cover automatically provides cover for the following 43 Pre-Existing Medical Conditions, as long as you have not been hospitalised (including day surgery or emergency department attendance) for your condition in the past 24 months and your medications for that condition have remained unchanged for the past 6 months.

If you do have one of the following Pre-Existing Medical Conditions, you can head overseas with the peace of mind knowing that your unexpected medical costs, repatriation expenses, and hospital fees are covered should your condition require you to seek medical help while on holiday.

What Pre-Existing Medical Conditions are automatically covered by travel insurance?

The 43 Medical Conditions listed below automatically qualify for cover under this Policy, provided that:

  • You have not been hospitalised (including Day Surgery or Emergency Department attendance) for that condition in the past 24 months and
  • Your medications for that condition have remained unchanged for the past 6 months:
  1. Acne
  2. Allergies limited to Rhinitis, Chronic Sinusitis, Eczema, Food Intolerance, Hay Fever
  3. Asthma - providing that you:
    1. have no other lung disease and
    2. are less than 60 years of age at the date of policy purchase.
  4. Bell's Palsy
  5. Benign Positional Vertigo
  6. Bunions
  7. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  8. Cataracts
  9. Coeliac Disease
  10. Congenital Blindness
  11. Congenital Deafness
  12. ~Diabetes Mellitus (Type I) - providing you:
    1. Were diagnosed over 12 months ago, and
    2. have no eye, kidney, nerve or vascular complications, and
    3. do not also suffer from a known cardiovascular disease, Hypertension, Hyperlipidaemia or Hypercholesterolaemia, and
    4. are under 60 years of age at the date of Policy purchase.
  13. ~Diabetes Mellitus (Type II) - providing you:
    1. Were diagnosed over 12 months ago, and
    2. have no eye, kidney, nerve or vascular complications, and
    3. do not also suffer from a known cardiovascular disease, Hypertension, Hyperlipidaemia or Hypercholesterolaemia.
  14. Dry Eye Syndrome
  15. Epilepsy - providing there has been no change to your medication regime in the past 12 months, and you are on no more than one anti-convulsant medication
  16. Folate Deficiency
  17. Gastric Reflux
  18. Goitre
  19. Glaucoma
  20. Graves' Disease
  21. Hiatus Hernia
  22. ~Hypercholesterolaemia (High Cholesterol) - provided you do not also suffer from a known cardiovascular disease and/or Diabetes
  23. ~Hyperlipidaemia (High Blood Lipids) - provided you do not also suffer from a known cardiovascular disease and/or Diabetes
  24. ~Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) - provided you do not also suffer from a known cardiovascular disease and/or Diabetes
  25. Hypothyroidism, including Hashimoto's Disease
  26. Impaired Glucose Tolerance
  27. Incontinence
  28. Insulin Resistance
  29. Iron Deficiency Anaemia
  30. Macular Degeneration
  31. Meniere's Disease
  32. Migraine
  33. Nocturnal Cramps
  34. Osteopenia
  35. Osteoporosis
  36. Pernicious Anaemia
  37. Plantar Fasciitis
  38. Raynaud's Disease
  39. Sleep Apnoea
  40. Solar Keratosis
  41. Trigeminal Neuralgia
  42. Trigger Finger
  43. Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Blood Thinning Prescription Medication

We will not pay any claims arising from, related to or associated with you taking a blood-thinning prescription medication such as Warfarin or similar.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a Pre-existing Medical Condition and is not automatically covered. Please read this Benefit carefully if You are pregnant as there are important limitations to the benefits You are eligible to receive.

Cover available if You are pregnant

We will pay for unexpected serious complications of pregnancy and childbirth that occur:

  • Up to the 23rd week of pregnancy if You are pregnant with a single child; or
  • Up to the 19th week of pregnancy if You are pregnant with twins or multiple children.

Cover is subject to the exclusions described below and all other applicable terms and conditions, exclusions and limitations of the Policy.

Exclusions relating to claims Arising from all pregnancies

We will not pay any claim or loss directly or indirectly related to or Arising from:

  • Childbirth at any stage of pregnancy (this means that if You deliver Overseas there is no cover for costs related to the birth); or
  • The health or care of a newborn child whatever the proximate cause of the claim is (this means that if You deliver Overseas for any reason, including premature birth, there is no cover for costs related to caring for the child or children); or
  • Your pregnancy or the pregnancy of any other person after the:
    • 23rd week of pregnancy with a single child; or
    • 19th week of pregnancy with twins or multiple children; or
  • Your pregnancy at any gestation or the pregnancy of any other person at any gestation:
    • Where the conception was medically assisted (including hormone therapy and IVF); or
    • Where there have been complications of this pregnancy or complications of Your health that You have been advised may adversely affect this pregnancy; or
    • Where there have been complications of any previous pregnancy; or
  • Antenatal care.

Complications means any secondary diagnosis occurring prior to, during the course of, concurrent with, or as a result of the pregnancy, which may adversely affect the pregnancy outcome.

What if I have a Pre-Existing Medical Condition that is not listed above?

If your Pre-Existing Medical Condition is not listed above, you can still take out a policy with us.

You would still receive all the other benefits in accordance with our Product Disclosure Statement, including cover for emergency medical and hospital expenses that are unrelated to your condition. However, cover for any expenses related to that Pre-Existing Medical Condition would not be covered by the policy.

If you require cover for a Pre-Existing Medical Condition that is not listed above, you may wish to contact the Insurance Council of Australia to assist you in finding a specialist travel insurer who can cover your condition.

What else does Fast Cover travel insurance cover?

Fast Cover provides affordable travel insurance to cover the things that matter most to you while travelling.

This includes cover for lost, damaged and stolen belongings, emergency medical care, and cover for losses resulting from cancellations or delays to your journey.

In cases of an emergency you may also be covered for medical evacuation expenses and repatriation back to Australia.

All of our travellers also have access to 24 hour Emergency Assistance, so no matter where in the world you travel, you're only ever a phone call away from expert help and advice.

See the benefit tables below to compare the levels of cover we provide:

Medical Benefits

Basics Domestic Plus Standard Saver Comprehensive Snow Sports Plus Frequent Traveller Saver

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

Unlimited ––– Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

$40,000 ––– $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 –––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

$30,000 ––– $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 –––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

Unlimited
$40,000
––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
–––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

Unlimited
$30,000
––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
–––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:


$40,000
$30,000
–––
$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000
–––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

Unlimited ––– Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

$40,000 ––– $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

$30,000 ––– $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

Unlimited
$40,000
––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

Unlimited
$30,000
––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
–––

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^


$40,000
$30,000
–––
$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000
–––

Overseas Emergency Dental

$500 ––– $750 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

Unlimited ––– Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

$40,000 ––– $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

$30,000 ––– $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

Unlimited
$40,000
––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

Unlimited
$30,000
––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
–––

Overseas Emergency Evacuation


$40,000
$30,000
–––
$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000
–––

Overseas Hospital Cash Payment^

sub-limits:

––– ––– ––– $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Daily Limit (per person)

$50 $50 $50

Accidental Death

––– $25,000 ––– $25,000 $25,000 $25,000

Accidental Death

––– $20,000 ––– $20,000 $20,000 $20,000

Accidental Death

––– $15,000 ––– $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Accidental Death

––– $25,000
$20,000
––– $25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000

Accidental Death

––– $25,000
$15,000
––– $25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000

Accidental Death

–––
$20,000
$15,000
–––
$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

Death of a Dependant (per Dependant)

$5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $25,000 $25,000 $25,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $20,000 $20,000 $20,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– –––
$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

Permanent Disability of a Dependant (per Dependant)

$5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Loss of Income^

sub-limits:

––– $10,000 ––– $10,000 $10,000 $10,000

Weekly Limit (per person) - up to 25 weeks

$400 $400 $400

Financial Benefits

Basics Domestic Plus Standard Saver Comprehensive Snow Sports Plus Frequent Traveller Saver

Trip Cancellation Expenses

sub-limits:

––– Unlimited $15,000 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Trip Cancellation Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $40,000 $15,000 $40,000 ––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $30,000 $15,000 $30,000 ––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

Travellers Aged 80 to 89:

sub-limits:

––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$15,000
Unlimited
$40,000
––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

Travellers Aged 90 and above:

sub-limits:

––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$15,000
Unlimited
$30,000
––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

Travellers Aged 80 to 89:
Travellers Aged 90 and above:

sub-limits:

–––
$40,000
$30,000

$15,000
$15,000

$40,000
$30,000
––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Personal Liability

$1,000,000 $5,000,000 $2,500,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000

Trip Disruption Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $50,000 $30,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Trip Resumption Expenses

$3,000 $2,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000

Luggage & Personal Effects

sub-limits:

Optional $7,500 $5,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000

Personal computers,video recorders or cameras (per item)

$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000

Mobile phones and tablets (per item)

$1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

All other unspecified items (per item)

$750 $750 $750 $750 $750 $750

Luggage and Personal Effects stolen from a Locked Storage Compartment of an unoccupied vehicle during daylight hours

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Passports, Credit Cards & Credit Card Fraud^

––– ––– $2,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Alternative Transport Expenses

––– $5,000 ––– $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Rental Vehicle Excess

sub-limits:

––– $5,000 Optional Optional Optional Optional

Return of Rental Vehicle

$500 $500 $500 $500 $500

Travel Delay Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $2,000 ––– $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Daily Limit (per person)

(we will pay up to $200 for each full 24 hours beyond the initial 6 hour delay)

$200 $200 $200 $200

Delay of Luggage and Personal Effects^

––– ––– ––– $500 $500 $500

Theft of Cash^

––– ––– ––– $250 $250 $250

Snow Sports Benefits

Basics Domestic Plus Standard Saver Comprehensive Snow Sports Plus Frequent Traveller Saver

Snow Sport Equipment

––– $1,500 ––– ––– $1,500 –––

Snow Equipment Replacement Hire

––– $1,500 ––– ––– $1,500 –––

Snow Prepaid Expenses

––– $750 ––– ––– $750 –––

Snow Resort Closure

sub-limits:

––– $1,000 ––– ––– $1,000 –––

Daily Limit (per person)

$100 $100

Please note: This is only a summary of benefits. Exclusions and sub-limits apply to each cover type. Benefit limits shown are for Single and Duo (per person) policies. Family policy benefit limits apply for the whole family and are double the corresponding benefit limit under a Single policy, except for certain benefits - please refer to the Product Disclosure Statement for full details. ^ Cover under these Benefits are excluded while travelling within Australia.

Why choose Fast Cover for your Pre-Existing Medical Condition?

Fast Cover provides travellers with specialist support and a high level of cover for unexpected medical expenses and emergencies overseas.

To make the process of getting travel insurance faster and easier, we automatically cover 43 Pre-Existing Medical Conditions including common ailments such as Allergies, Coeliac Disease, Hypothyroidism and Osteoporosis.

There's no need to complete a medical assessment. If your medical condition is on the list (and you have not been hospitalised for that condition in the past 24 months and your medication has remained unchanged for the past 6 months), you can rest assured you'll have cover for related expenses should any complications or emergency situations arise overseas.

All of our travellers also have the peace of mind of knowing there's a 24 hour Emergency Assistance team ready to help if you do run into complications overseas.

Get a free instant quote online now, or talk to us to help you find a policy that suits your holiday.

Buy with confidence! Get a full refund if you cancel for any reason within 14 days from when you buy your policy and you haven't travelled.

The price on your quote is 'Locked In' for 48 hours.

Wherever you're travelling and whenever you need us, our 24/7 worldwide expert assistance team are ready and waiting to help.

To make buying travel insurance simple, we don't require any medicals.

Example Incidents~

Harry’s Holiday Heartache

Harry and his wife flew into the United Arab Emirates after disembarking from a cruise in Copenhagen. Harry had been feeling unwell and needed to visit the doctor four times during the cruise. In Dubai he suffered a heart attack and was admitted to hospital for emergency medical treatment. As he had no history of heart disease, his Fast Cover policy paid for the medical expenses as well as their rescheduled flights, accommodation and related additional expenses at a total cost of over $21,000 AUD.

 

Barry’s Bad Reaction

Barry was dining out with friends while on holiday in New York when he suffered a serious allergic reaction and required medical treatment. Fortunately, his travel insurance policy covered the medical bill of almost $2,000 AUD.

Traveller Testimonials

Not a single problem!

Fast Cover is indeed fast. This is my second time using them, and it was seamless and easy. Most important - they don't have a problem with age.

Pete – Productreview.com.au

 

Very easy to take out insurance

Took out travel insurance for our upcoming cruise. It was very easy to complete the online form and the price was comparable.

Wanda – Productreview.com.au

 

Great service last year for our cruise

Great service, easy set up, very satisfied. Will be contacting you soon for more insurance for a cruise later in the year. I am sure that we will get the same efficient service.

Brian – Productreview.com.au

 

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~Traveller details have been changed to protect their privacy. Claims examples are from Fast Cover travel insurance customers from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2016.

Australia's most
popular destination
is NZ +

60% of overseas travel was for a holiday +

2/3 of overseas spending was for holiday +

*See Product Disclosure Statement for full terms and conditions and exclusions and limits that apply. ^ For travellers aged 80 and over, additional terms and conditions apply. #Available with our Comprehensive policies only. **No cover is provided for pregnancy, childbirth or related complications unless it is a single, uncomplicated pregnancy up to and including 23 weeks. In any event we will not pay medical expenses for regular antenatal care, childbirth at any gestation or care of the newborn child. Complications mean any secondary diagnosis occurring prior to, during the course of, concurrent with, or as a result of the pregnancy, which may adversely affect the pregnancy outcome.

+Statistics based on 'Travel by Australians' quarterly report for June 2013, 'Tourism Industry Facts & Figures at a Glance' September 2012, Cruise Industry Source Market Report: Australia 2013 and Fast Cover Customers

1Price Match only applies to valid Australian quotes that covers unlimited overseas emergency medical expenses, unlimited overseas emergency medical assistance, unlimited Trip cancellation expenses and $10000 or more in luggage cover under a Comprehensive policy or Trip Cancellation expense cover of $15000 or more and $5000 or more in luggage cover under a standard policy. Excludes sales coupons. Only available if quote is genuine, written proof of quote may be required. 25% saving is based on the cost of a Duo policy versus the cost of two single policies. Excess reduction discount based on excess reduction cost under a Duo policy versus cost under two single policies. Duo policies do not provide cover for any dependent children. 3Children or dependants under 21 years old and not in full time employment covered for free when travelling with an insured adult. Excludes Duo policies. 4Price based on an 18 day Basics policy to Pacific region for Single traveller aged 50 years old or younger with $200 excess. 5Additional terms and conditions, limits and excesses apply to travellers over the age of 79. 6Must be accompanied by a professional instructor or guide.

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