Cancer, covered

The treatments, specialists and support to help against cancer

“You’ve got cancer.” The words nobody wants to hear, but statistically half the UK population will hear at some point in their life Footnote [1] .The fact is, cancer diagnoses are getting more common Footnote [2] with nearly 1 in 2 of us getting cancer in our lifetimes Footnote [3]. Most of us will know someone who’s been affected, even if we haven’t ourselves. Having health insurance in place means you’ll get prompt and expert care if it happens to you.


Understanding cancer

Learning more about cancer could help you feel more in control of a diagnosis. While cases are on the up, with Macmillan Cancer Support estimating there are 3 million people currently living with cancer in the UK Footnote [2], higher awareness and earlier detection means survival rates are improving Footnote [4].

Did you know, in the UK:

There’s an estimated 3 million people living with cancer[2]Footnote 2

Nearly 1 in 2 of us will get cancer in our lifetimes[3]Footnote 3

50% of people diagnosed with cancer in the UK survive their disease for 10 years or more[4]Footnote 4

Aviva’s top 2 health cover claims are related to cancer

Health insurance and cancer cover

With the NHS under pressure, you might worry you could be left waiting to start treatment. This is where health insurance steps up, giving you more choice about when, where, and how you’ll get treatment.  

Our cancer pledge means you’re guaranteed specialist support all the way from your initial cancer diagnosis, through your treatment and into aftercare. 

Whether it’s diagnostic tests to check your symptoms, chemotherapy, or money towards a wig after your treatment, we’ll cover the big steps for your health and the little things that make a difference to your everyday. 

So, whatever your new normal looks like, we’ll help you to get there that little bit quicker. 


Does health insurance cover cancer?

Our health insurance is all about getting you back on your feet when a diagnosis knocks you down. This means picking and choosing the benefits you need, for your recovery. Whatever you decide, cancer care is always part of the package with our core cover.

Full details of our comprehensive cancer cover are in our Healthier Solutions brochure, but we’ve highlighted some of the key benefits below:

  • Cover at every stage of treatment (including after care, palliative, and end of life care).
  • The latest diagnostics for the best treatment options.
  • Access to treatments and tests that might not be available from the NHS.
  • A choice of local hospitals.
  • Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and targeted therapy covered in full.
  • £100 for each day or night of eligible treatment on the NHS – this can help towards everyday costs such as parking and childcare.
  • Treatment at home wherever possible.
  • Routine monitoring after finishing treatment.
  • Preventative surgery (following cancer treatment we’ve paid for).
  • Access to wellbeing support, such as our Digital GP and Stress Counselling helpline.

Emotional support after a cancer diagnosis

Wellbeing outside of your treatment is important and we offer a range of services to support that included in our cover. 

We’ve teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support to give our customers access to a dedicated support line. Specialist Macmillan advisers can provide a much-needed shoulder to lean on if you’re overwhelmed or upset, or if you just want to know more about cancer and treatments. 

They can also help with a whole host of everyday things, like how to get financial support or how a cancer diagnosis might impact your work. 


Making a claim

If you decide to go ahead with our health insurance, you’re only ever four steps away from making a claim and starting your treatment journey.

  • Ask your GP for a referral
    This can be from your usual GP, or you can use our Digital GP app. They’ll outline the treatment or investigations you need.
  • Contact our claims team
    You can do this online through MyAviva or call us on 0800 068 5821 Footnote [5]. We’ll ask some questions about your symptoms and guide you through your claim.
  • Starting treatment
    We aim to make a decision on your claim there and then. And we’ll get you booked in for your first appointment so you can start your treatment as soon as possible.
  • Picking up the bills
    We’ll settle everything with your approved healthcare provider, meaning you can focus on your recovery without worrying about the fees.

Ready to get a quote?

If you’d like a quote, we’ll ask you to provide us with a few personal details and the date you want cover to start. We’ll also ask you about customisable cover options, like if you want anyone else added to the cover, and about any medical history you may have.

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