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Old Aug 23rd 2007, 3:42 am
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Default Moving to the USA with a pre existing medical condition?

Hello all, this is my first post here!

There is a possibility that in the future our family might move to the USA (My husband is a pastor)

My only concern regarding the whole process - of which I have absolutely no knowlege except what I've read on this site - is that my we may be refused a visa to on the grounds that my son has a pre existing medical condition.

It's unlikely any of the readers here would be familiar with it but incase anyone here is, he has mild Haemophilia A, he is nearly 6yrs old and to date has never required medical treatment for it or been hospitalised because of it, he's not on any medication.

Is this likely to be a problem?

Thanks!
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Old Aug 23rd 2007, 3:47 am
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Default Re: Moving to the USA with a pre existing medical condition?

Originally Posted by The Horticulturalist
Hello all, this is my first post here!

There is a possibility that in the future our family might move to the USA (My husband is a pastor)

My only concern regarding the whole process - of which I have absolutely no knowlege except what I've read on this site - is that my we may be refused a visa to on the grounds that my son has a pre existing medical condition.

It's unlikely any of the readers here would be familiar with it but incase anyone here is, he has mild Haemophilia A, he is nearly 6yrs old and to date has never required medical treatment for it or been hospitalised because of it, he's not on any medication.

Is this likely to be a problem?

Thanks!
In my opinion, if it's not a communicable disease, he should be OK.

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Old Aug 23rd 2007, 5:50 am
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Default Re: Moving to the USA with a pre existing medical condition?

Originally Posted by The Horticulturalist
Is this likely to be a problem?

Thanks!
You can read more about inadmissibility here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/in...ties_1364.html

You'll want to Americanize your spelling as you do searches, since it'll be US documents you're looking in. Just drop the 'a' in haemophilia.
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Old Aug 23rd 2007, 6:29 pm
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Default Re: Moving to the USA with a pre existing medical condition?

Originally Posted by The Horticulturalist
Hello all, this is my first post here!

There is a possibility that in the future our family might move to the USA (My husband is a pastor)

My only concern regarding the whole process - of which I have absolutely no knowlege except what I've read on this site - is that my we may be refused a visa to on the grounds that my son has a pre existing medical condition.

It's unlikely any of the readers here would be familiar with it but incase anyone here is, he has mild Haemophilia A, he is nearly 6yrs old and to date has never required medical treatment for it or been hospitalised because of it, he's not on any medication.

Is this likely to be a problem?

Thanks!
Unlikely to be a problem for immigration - but what would you do for medical insurance once you get here?
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Old Aug 24th 2007, 8:12 pm
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If immigrating to Canada then it would have been a problem but I don't think
you will run into problems immigrating to the US. However, no US medical
insurance company will issue him insurance due to the pre-existing nature so
what are you going to do? Health care in the US is expensive!

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> Hello all, this is my first post here!
>
> There is a possibility that in the future our family might move to the
> USA (My husband is a pastor)
>
> My only concern regarding the whole process - of which I have absolutely
> no knowlege except what I've read on this site - is that my we may be
> refused a visa to on the grounds that my son has a pre existing medical
> condition.
>
> It's unlikely any of the readers here would be familiar with it but
> incase anyone here is, he has mild Haemophilia A, he is nearly 6yrs old
> and to date has never required medical treatment for it or been
> hospitalised because of it, he's not on any medication.
>
> Is this likely to be a problem?
>
> Thanks!
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Old Aug 25th 2007, 4:20 am
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Default Re: Moving to the USA with a pre existing medical condition?

Originally Posted by Enigma Boy
However, no US medical
insurance company will issue him insurance due to the pre-existing nature so
what are you going to do?
Oh that is just a bunch of foo foo too.. first off, she hasn't said anything about immigrating, and secondly, pre existing conditions that are covered by insurance (like the NHS) already may be covered by US insurance companies.

It is expensive in general though, I will give you that.
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Default Re: Moving to the USA with a pre existing medical condition?

Originally Posted by meauxna
Oh that is just a bunch of foo foo too.. first off, she hasn't said anything about immigrating, and secondly, pre existing conditions that are covered by insurance (like the NHS) already may be covered by US insurance companies.

It is expensive in general though, I will give you that.
I am also looking to move to the US (or Canada) and I also have a pre-existing medical condition. After having read this I'm now a bit worried that I may never get there.
I was born with a heart valve defect which was replaced 4 years ago and has been no problem since, it's obviously non-communicable but will this be a problem to me? Sorry to hi-jack the thread but this might be useful to us all.

Many thanks.
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Default Re: Moving to the USA with a pre existing medical condition?

Originally Posted by Markt553
I am also looking to move to the US (or Canada) and I also have a pre-existing medical condition. After having read this I'm now a bit worried that I may never get there.
I was born with a heart valve defect which was replaced 4 years ago and has been no problem since, it's obviously non-communicable but will this be a problem to me? Sorry to hi-jack the thread but this might be useful to us all.

Many thanks.
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Mark, did you read the link I posted? It explains what sort of medical conditions make you inadmissible.

Your 'problem', as noted, is health insurance coverage in the US. Not that you won't be able to get it, but the cost can be shocking to newcomers (hell, to lifers as well!).

I don't know you from Adam, but your condition should not be a bar to immigrating. There's a lovely story I followed online about two young folk with muscular dystrophy.. the gal managed to immigrate without issue.
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Default Re: Moving to the USA with a pre existing medical condition?

The all-important fact that Meauxna mentioned earlier (and I've seen in other threads on the subject) is that you can get medical insurance coverage for a pre-existing condition if you can prove that you had coverage before. In the case of someone moving from the UK, it seems that "coverage" can include proof that you were treated by the NHS for that condition.
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Default Re: Moving to the USA with a pre existing medical condition?

Originally Posted by dbj1000
The all-important fact that Meauxna mentioned earlier (and I've seen in other threads on the subject) is that you can get medical insurance coverage for a pre-existing condition if you can prove that you had coverage before. In the case of someone moving from the UK, it seems that "coverage" can include proof that you were treated by the NHS for that condition.
That very much depends.
Not a given.
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If you come to the USA, & try to buy a small family Medical Ins plan, then they will most likely asked you about pre-existing, if you are going to be insured by a big Corp, with major company insurance, then they do not ask about previous illness. When I came to USA, with my wife & son, we got our Ins from wifes job, big hospital, we never filled in any kind of medical application, the plan came FOC.
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On Aug 23, 1:50 pm, meauxna <[email protected]> wrote:
> You can read more about inadmissibility here:http://travel.state.gov/v-
> isa/frvi/ineligibilities/ineligibilities_1364.html

According to this, everyone going to the US needs to have their shots
up to date... for Canadians, this has been a problem for anyone who
doesn't have a family doctor. Clinics are not even giving out routine
childhood vaccinations. I'm not sure what they'd do if I walked in
there and gave them a list and said, "I need all these shots". Some of
the items on the list, children are only vaccinated for in the first
two years of life, an adult vaccine in Canada is usually Tetnus, and
one or two others. In Canada, Hep B is optional, Influenza is optional
and needs to be renewed annually. Influenza vaccine doesn't help
everyone... I got the vaccine in Canada, and contracted Influenza
(which developed into pneumonia) while in the US, and travelled home
to receive medical care.

They don't recommend getting Hep A, any particular reason? it's
optional here too, but I have it from spending too much time in areas
where drinking water might not be the safest (in Canada), it's a good
precaution, even if it's not as common here as it is in Mexico. I
would think it would be the same in the US as Canada, there's some
areas where drinking water might not be the best.

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[QUOTE=Sapphyre
According to this, everyone going to the US needs to have their shots
up to date... /QUOTE]

That's right. This is the purpose of the immigration medical exam required of all immigrants (and K non immigrants); the Embassy-appointed doctor (or panel doc in the US for AOS applications) makes a determination based on where you were born/grew up (knowing what was commonly jabbed given your year of birth etc) and follows a chart of age-appropriate updates (you can find the chart on travel.state.gov somewhere).
Trust me, the Canadians get their jabs updated too.
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On Aug 25, 9:11 pm, meauxna <[email protected]> wrote:
> That's right. This is the purpose of the immigration medical exam
> required of all immigrants (and K non immigrants); the Embassy-appointed
> doctor (or panel doc in the US for AOS applications) makes a
> determination based on where you were born/grew up (knowing what was
> commonly jabbed given your year of birth etc) and follows a chart of age-
> appropriate updates (you can find the chart on travel.state.gov
> somewhere).
> Trust me, the Canadians get their jabs updated too.

I knew about the medical for immigration purposes, although I wasn't
sure if that was done before or after arrival... one would assume
before. I wouldn't know since I never immigrated to the US.

I'm thinking in terms of visitors, that's not even something that's
asked about or checked up on. Some people in the province I live in
(Ontario) have little yellow cards that a doctor can mark your last
vaccine. Not sure how well that holds up (from a visitor's standpoint,
if they needed that sort of proof).

Children need vaccines as far as I know, to attend elementary school.
Some schools provide vaccines for certain illnesses (they are
mandatory for almost everyone, with some exceptions). I worked with a
girl who's child was expelled because she was 7, and had no vaccines
at all. My co-worker had to take care of that immediately so the child
could return to school, or child welfare would become involved. The
thing is, without a family doctor, it's not easy to get them, since
the clinics discontinued doing any routine vaccines, they are too
burdened with emergencies. I can only assume with that change, new
clinics will open up with "shot days" for everyone to walk in and get
them, just like they do with flu shot.

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Originally Posted by Sapphyre
On Aug 25, 9:11 pm, meauxna <[email protected]> wrote:
> That's right. This is the purpose of the immigration medical exam
> required of all immigrants (and K non immigrants); the Embassy-appointed
> doctor (or panel doc in the US for AOS applications) makes a
> determination based on where you were born/grew up (knowing what was
> commonly jabbed given your year of birth etc) and follows a chart of age-
> appropriate updates (you can find the chart on travel.state.gov
> somewhere).
> Trust me, the Canadians get their jabs updated too.

I knew about the medical for immigration purposes, although I wasn't
sure if that was done before or after arrival... one would assume
before. I wouldn't know since I never immigrated to the US.

I'm thinking in terms of visitors, that's not even something that's
asked about or checked up on. Some people in the province I live in
(Ontario) have little yellow cards that a doctor can mark your last
vaccine. Not sure how well that holds up (from a visitor's standpoint,
if they needed that sort of proof).

Children need vaccines as far as I know, to attend elementary school.
Some schools provide vaccines for certain illnesses (they are
mandatory for almost everyone, with some exceptions). I worked with a
girl who's child was expelled because she was 7, and had no vaccines
at all. My co-worker had to take care of that immediately so the child
could return to school, or child welfare would become involved. The
thing is, without a family doctor, it's not easy to get them, since
the clinics discontinued doing any routine vaccines, they are too
burdened with emergencies. I can only assume with that change, new
clinics will open up with "shot days" for everyone to walk in and get
them, just like they do with flu shot.

S.
No vaccine requirements for visitors to the US (a little ironic now that I stop and think about it..) but I've got one of those little yellow cards too.. needed for some tourist travel in South America back when. Mainly to show vaccine for Yellow Fever (medically contraindicated) and Typhoid.. ok, just had to get it out for fun, it is an International Certificate of Vaccination as approved by the World Health Organization. Has my Hep A dates in there too (Central America wasn't always so nice) and I've got my malaria emergency-dose scrip tucked inside.

Good times, good times.

We've got the same sort of cut off every fall here for the school kids--the clinics fill up with those needing the required jabs so they can get back to spreading cold germs amongst each other at school.
Of course, you pay for it here in the US.
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