Travel insurance provider World First says travellers seeking specific insurance can spend as much as six hours acquiring it, longer than the time it takes to fly to Greece. Those with more complicated insurance needs average 12 calls to insurers, with calls taking up 25 minutes, plus 15 minutes spent searching the internet.
James Jordan, a 77 year old with angina, found that the firm that had insured him last time would no longer do so and that of 80 companies he contacted only two would offer insurance, with premiums of £1,500 and £2,500 for a three week trip. Following a medical, World First Travel Insurance was able to offer him insurance for £275.
World First offers insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions, and for people up to the age of 100 for a single trip policy.