Going abroad with copd need advice

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Hi to you all my father suffers copd and we are going on holiday to Portugal in September he dose not use oxygen as he has it under control, but he needs it for the flight only, can anyone advice me the best insurance company, and do they need to know he needs the oxygen only for the flight, he has been advised to tell the airline and this is what we will be doing, any advice would be grateful.

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    Hi Carmen, glad to here about your holiday, my physio told me the british lung foundation is excellent at providing travel insurance.  I have not tried them myself but would be worth a try, hope all goes well.
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    If you are in the UK, I would suggest you telephone the British Lung Foundation helpline.  Just paste into your browser 

    British Lung Foundation UK

    that will bring up the website blf . org etc click on the link and you will see Helpline info top of page.  They have a least of insurers and will be able to advise you of procedure.

    Enjoy your holiday.

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      they have a list of insurers, that should read.
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    Hello Carmen

    I went to Canada last year and I use oxygen had to have it for flight to,  I unfortunately only found 1 company that would insure me and they were very expensive but had no choice, the minute you mention oxygen thats it.  If you find a reasonably priced one would love to know.  Sorry I could not be more positive for you, wish you all the best.

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    Hi Carmen

    My dad needed oxygen for his flights to Australia. Copd among other conditions, he struggled with insurance but I believe BUPA where the cheapest. As for the oxygen I'm not sure who provided it but I know it was free! Maybe speak with your GP and they can point you in the right direction

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