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Gone
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Re: What happens when travel insurance rejects your claim

So let me ask you this...

I had Pancreatitis in September. I have been going for regular blood tests and the condition is improving at a rate that my doctor is very pleased about, but pancreatitis is a long drawn-out healing process, taking 6-12 months to fully recover prior to the condition first appearing. Is this considered "stable" ? If it flares up when I'm down in Vegas for whatever reason, am I SOL?

Just the same - I was told I had a kidney stone two years ago. To the best of my knowledge, it has not passed. Otherwise no changes. Is this considered stable if that little fucker decides to ruin a trip stateside, or will I be on the hook for whatever pain killers I need to have pumped into me?

What about my Crohn's Disease? It flared up in November 2011 and I was on medication until the Pancriatitis. I am under a doctors care, but otherwise there has been no change to my condition other than being taken off medication as per my doctor's orders.

Do you see how the whole idea of travel insurance can be outright intimidating for someone with health conditions?



OverrRyde

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said by Gone:

So let me ask you this...

I had Pancreatitis in September. I have been going for regular blood tests and the condition is improving at a rate that my doctor is very pleased about, but pancreatitis is a long drawn-out healing process, taking 6-12 months to fully recover prior to the condition first appearing. Is this considered "stable" ? If it flares up when I'm down in Vegas for whatever reason, am I SOL?

Just the same - I was told I had a kidney stone two years ago. To the best of my knowledge, it has not passed. Otherwise no changes. Is this considered stable if that little fucker decides to ruin a trip stateside, or will I be on the hook for whatever pain killers I need to have pumped into me?

What about my Crohn's Disease? It flared up in November 2011 and I was on medication until the Pancriatitis. I am under a doctors care, but otherwise there has been no change to my condition other than being taken off medication as per my doctor's orders.

Do you see how the whole idea of travel insurance can be outright intimidating for someone with health conditions?

Absolutely it is intimidating, but you know what's worse? A 150k bill from a hospital in California plus the air ambulance bill 50k back home.

Simple rule of thumb is to follow the stable clause. In your case, as long as you are stable you are OK, and that is stable as per the policy. No new symptoms, recurring symptoms, new treatment, new meds, change in meds, new tests ordered, pending tests, specialist visits.

Say none of the above apply to you, you are considered stable. And again, this is only for the pre ex conditions. Anything new and unforeseen such as a cold, broken limb etc, is not subject to stable clause.

My best advice is first speak with your GP to discuss any peers conditions, then contact the insurance and ask specifically about your condition. Good travel insurance have nurses and medical case managers that can give you a clear answer to your question. Nurses and case managers don't get paid to sell you a policy so nothing to worry about wanting to make a sale. The nurses and case managers are there for people on trip requiring assistance for their condition.


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said by OverrRyde:

My best advice is first speak with your GP to discuss any peers conditions, then contact the insurance and ask specifically about your condition.

I spoke with my gastroenterologist/internist about travelling and he had no issues with it. I saw him yesterday and my ongoing regularly-scheduled tests showed continued improvement. I took that as a good sign.

Still, this is daunting. I sort of resigned myself to the fact that if I do get sick and insurance is denied for whatever reason they can come up with, I'll just go bankrupt and wash my hands of it.

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said by Gone:

Still, this is daunting. I sort of resigned myself to the fact that if I do get sick and insurance is denied for whatever reason they can come up with, I'll just go bankrupt and wash my hands of it.

Same here.


OverrRyde

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said by Gone:

said by OverrRyde:

My best advice is first speak with your GP to discuss any peers conditions, then contact the insurance and ask specifically about your condition.

I spoke with my gastroenterologist/internist about travelling and he had no issues with it. I saw him yesterday and my ongoing regularly-scheduled tests showed continued improvement. I took that as a good sign.

Still, this is daunting. I sort of resigned myself to the fact that if I do get sick and insurance is denied for whatever reason they can come up with, I'll just go bankrupt and wash my hands of it.

Yeah don't get me wrong it is daunting. But honestly, we don't "come up" with a reason to deny. If I had your case, I would ask you about you history for said condition and depending if this was something in the last 3 months, I may ask for your last 3 months if you were stable or not, that is what determines payability.

MaynardKrebs
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said by OverrRyde:

said by Gone:

said by OverrRyde:

My best advice is first speak with your GP to discuss any peers conditions, then contact the insurance and ask specifically about your condition.

I spoke with my gastroenterologist/internist about travelling and he had no issues with it. I saw him yesterday and my ongoing regularly-scheduled tests showed continued improvement. I took that as a good sign.

Still, this is daunting. I sort of resigned myself to the fact that if I do get sick and insurance is denied for whatever reason they can come up with, I'll just go bankrupt and wash my hands of it.

Yeah don't get me wrong it is daunting. But honestly, we don't "come up" with a reason to deny. If I had your case, I would ask you about you history for said condition and depending if this was something in the last 3 months, I may ask for your last 3 months if you were stable or not, that is what determines payability.

So what about the questions specifically about women I asked before, only add in going on/off birth control pills? Those weren't answered.

What about a guy who gets/uses Viagra for the first time in the 90 days prior to a trip?

Are women systematically discriminated against because of issues like these? It just seems that they might be.


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said by MaynardKrebs:

So what about the questions specifically about women I asked before, only add in going on/off birth control pills? Those weren't answered.

What about a guy who gets/uses Viagra for the first time in the 90 days prior to a trip?

Are women systematically discriminated against because of issues like these? It just seems that they might be.

Actually no, viagra or the birth control wouldn't fall under stable. there is no way a dr can say that you had an upset stomach or gastro because of an adverse reaction to viagra or pill. we've had cases with older men using the pill and getting a stiffer longer than usual and he was covered. All that happens is that we chuckle about at work and wonder why he was the only one on the policy, travelling alone! hehe