Medical Forms - Mental health

Old Sep 23rd 2008, 9:47 pm
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Hi,

I understand that the panel doctors use the GAF to assess current state of mental health for applicants with a history of mental illness. Do you know what score is considered acceptable ? Also, are they less stringent about scores for accompanying partners who don't plan to work versus main applicants ? Is ongoing medication likely to be a deal breaker for them ?

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Originally Posted by benandlea View Post
Hi,

I understand that the panel doctors use the GAF to assess current state of mental health for applicants with a history of mental illness. Do you know what score is considered acceptable ? Also, are they less stringent about scores for accompanying partners who don't plan to work versus main applicants ? Is ongoing medication likely to be a deal breaker for them ?

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Would all depend on the medication you are on, usually it is all to do with th cost to the state, if you are on medication that is likely to exceed $25k PA I think that is the threshold........ but dont quote me on it, im pretty sure it tells you on the NZIS site
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It's treatment or medical care, not just medications, which will cost more than $25000 over 4 years for an acute condition or over the entire course of the illness for a chronic condition.

The issue is that it doesn't tell you how to calculate those costs. How much do drugs cost in NZ ? How much do GP visits cost the govt as I thought people paid for those themselves ? It states that the GAF is used to evaluate a person's mental health but doesn't say what score is required.
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