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Welcome to The Insurance Surgery - Specialists in Life Insurance for pre-existing medical conditions

We specialise in finding life insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Established in 1999 we have well over a decade of experience in finding the most competitive life insurance whatever your medical condition.

Unlike other 'experts' this is all we do, so you can be assured that we will provide you with quality, independent advice on where to obtain the most competitive quotes for your life insurance policy.

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We are true independent specialists in this area. We have over the years built up an unparalleled level of knowledge regarding which insurance companies are competitive for which medical conditions and can, therefore, ensure you are directed to the most competitive for your particular circumstances.

We have access to specialist insurers and can even offer cover to clients who have previously been declined life insurance due to their medical history.

    1. We can help
    2. How much we could expect the life insurance to cost (including cover for your medical condition)

If you are happy with the consultation and wish to proceed we would then apply to the most appropriate insurance companies based on your circumstances to obtain the exact terms. If you decide to proceed with a policy we receive a payment from the insurance company. You will not be charged a fee for our services.

As we only receive payment when you take out a policy you can be assured that we do our utmost to find a policy that is competitive and suitable to your needs.

To start a consultation simply click on the quotation button or ring the number above.

Insurance companies employ medical underwriters who will look through your answers to the medical questions on the life insurance application form and decide if they have enough information to provide a quotation or if they need to write to your GP or Specialist to obtain more information.

Once they have the information they require they will then decide on how much to charge you for the insurance. Various factors will be taken into consideration such as:

  • How serious is your condition
  • How well do you control your condition
  • Are there any other medical conditions or concerns present
  • How much risk does the insurance company wish to take
  • How many clients do the insurance company have, that have the same medical condition
  • What experience has the insurance company had with this condition in the past

As you can see a lot of the decision process is dependent on that particular insurance companies situation at any given time and this is why you need a true expert in this field to ensure you are directed to the most appropriate life insurance company for your condition.

We have seen instances where an insurance company has been highly competitive for Diabetes Life Insurance one month and then highly uncompetitive the month after. This can simply be due to the fact they feel they have exposed themselves to enough Diabetes risk and therefore price themselves out of attracting any more Diabetes Life Insurance clients. At The-Insurance-Surgery.co.uk we are in constant touch with Senior Medical underwriters from all the major insurance companies so we are constantly up to date with their underwriting criteria.

When underwriting a medical condition Life Insurance companies can decide to do the following:
  1. They may offer 'Ordinary' rates - This means you will be accepted for the life cover at a standard premium with no increase. Examples of this could be for:
    • Well controlled High Blood pressure
    • Extremely well-controlled diabetes
  2. They may 'load' the premium. This means they will charge an extra premium due to the medical condition. The extra premium could be anything from an extra 50% to 1000% dependent on the perceived risk of the illness. Examples of this could be:
    • Diabetes
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Crohn's  Disease
    • Life Insurance after a heart attack
    • Life Insurance after a history of Cancer
  3. They may decide to 'postpone' the cover - This means they will not offer cover at this particular time but will consider offering cover in the future. Examples of this could be:
    • While you are waiting for an operation
    • While you are waiting for a diagnosis
    • While undergoing cancer treatment
  4. In certain circumstances you may be 'declined' cover - This, unfortunately, means that you are unable to obtain 'full' cover (we can, however, offer alternative cover) - Examples of potential declines are:
    • Terminal illnesses
    • Very poorly controlled diabetes with addition complications

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We can provide competitive cover for many different illnesses and you will find a quick guide at the bottom of this page on how your condition may affect your life insurance premium, or search for your condition below to find out more.

Quick Guide to how different conditions are treated for life insurance underwriting

The following is a very basic guide to which illnesses fall into the above categories. We would strongly suggest speaking to us about your particular circumstances before making any decisions regarding life insurance as we really will look at every case individually to see if we can help, for example, diabetes can potentially fall into all four categories dependent on the severity, length of diagnosis and quality of control.

It is also worth noting that we can often help people obtain cover when they have previously been declined by other companies.


Medical Conditions and the Potential Underwriting Outcomes

  • Allergies – Most allergies providing they are not severe will be accepted at ordinary rates
  • Arthritis
  • Mild Asthma – Asthma controlled by inhalers and without any hospital treatment will normally be accepted at ordinary rates
  • Blindness
  • Bronchitis
  • Well controlled Diabetes – Where diabetes has been present for a number of years and is under good control with a HbA1c figure of under 7 there is a possibility of ordinary rates for life insurance
  • Glaucoma
  • Headaches – Providing there is no underlying cause and no further tests are required
  • Hernias
  • High Blood Pressure / Hypertension – Life insurance will normally be accepted without a loading providing the high blood pressure is under control and stable with medication
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hysterectomy – This is dependent on the reason for the Hysterectomy
  • Indigestion
  • Overweight – Different life insurance companies have different criteria as to what is an acceptable height / weight ratio
  • Skin Disorders
  • Anaemia
  • Angina - Dependent on the level of control life insurance for angina may be accepted with a relatively small loading
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Anxiety
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Brain Damage - The range of loadings for Brain Damage are very wide dependent on the severity. Please contact us for full details
  • Brain Haemorrhage
  • Breast Problems - Life cover for clients who are in remission from breast cancer is possible after a qualifying period
  • Brittle Bone Disease
  • Cancer - Life Insurance is available for people in remission of most cancers after a qualifying period. This qualifying period will be dependent on the type od cancer, size and grade of cancer and if there has been any evidence of spreading
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Colitis
  • Coronary
  • Crohns Disease - It is possible to obtain life insurance at either ordinary rates or with a very low loading if the Crohns has been in remission for a substantial period
  • Depression - For mild depression insurance may be available at ordinary rates
  • Diabetes - A typical Diabetic will be able to obtain life insurance with a moderate loading. The main factors taken into consideration are HbA1c readings, levels of control and any related complications
  • Eating Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Family History
  • Fibroids
  • Haemochromatosis
  • Haemophilia
  • Heart Attacks - Life insurance, contrary to common belief, is available for people who have suffered a heart attack dependent on factors such as what age the attack occurred and the length of time since the attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV - The situation for life insurance for HIV is improving all the time as medication improves the condition
  • IBS
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Liver Disease
  • Lupus
  • ME
  • Mental Illness
  • MS
  • Multiple Sclerosis - Dependent on the type and severity of the Multiple Sclerosis life cover is usually available with a loading
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Obesity - Life insurance is usually available with an additional loading providing the client's general health is satisfactory
  • Pancreatitis
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • Sickle Cell
  • Stroke
  • TIA's
  • Tumours - Please see the information regarding cancer life insurance above
  • Ulcerative Colitis - Please see the information regarding Crohns Disease life insurance above
  • Urinary Tract Disorders
  • Vein Artery Problems
  • Alcohol Abuse - Life cover may be postponed dependent on when the alcohol abuse occurred and the severity
  • Cancer - Insurance is usually postponed for a period after the client has been in remission. The length of postponement depends on individual circumstances
  • Coronary
  • Heart Attacks - Life insurance will be postponed if a client has suffered from an attack in the last 12 months
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Transplant - Cover is available for transplant patients once an initial period has passed after the operation
  • Terminal Conditions
  • Uncontrolled Conditions
  • multi Condition Situations (eg Diabetes with Heart Conditions and Obesity)

Please note that all the above information is purely a guide. To obtain the actual situation regarding your medical condition and life insurance please contact us by using the enquiry form or calling the number at the top of the page

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