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Insurers refusing to cover people with health issues

Insurance companies are failing to provide cover for people with medical conditions, or in some cases charging extremely high premiums, according to a new survey.

The Legal Aid NSW survey has shown people who have been healthy for a number of years, and deemed low risk by their doctor, are still being charged high premiums.

One woman, who was diagnosed with lung cancer, was reportedly quoted up to $7,000 for travel insurance on a two week holiday.

They are calling on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to investigate whether insurers are complying with discrimination law.

Legal Aid Solicitor Jo Evans tells Natalie Peters and Erin Molan insurance companies need to take into account personal situations.

“Some of the respondents to our survey are living with cancer, or multiple sclerosis, or cardiovascular diseases, and all these groups are potentially experiencing discrimination when trying to get insurance.”

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Natalie Peters & Erin Molan