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Getting Medical Insurance

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#1 gourdo



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Posted 30 April 2007 - 09:01 AM

Hello all,
I am a new member and am desparately seeking advice or info about obtaining international medical insurance. My husband and I are hoping to take jobs in Singapore and will not be provided with comprehensive medical insurance (the joys of being a professor....) I have previously been covered under group plans with no problem. So far I have been denied coverage (surprise!), due to systemic diffuse scleroderma and severe Raynaud's, from all providers but remain hopeful. I was diagnosed in 1997 (when I was 18) and have been relatively lucky so far with mostly normal heart EKGs, pulmo tests (mild interstitial lung disease, but no hypertension), and no documented gastro involvement. My doctor's prognosis is good, but I suppose the insurance companies just see scleroderma and red flags go up. My reynaud's is the biggest issue (I live in Indiana now), hence the move to Singapore where it's always above 70 degrees Farenheit! Has anyone had any luck getting insurance on your own (domestic or international)?

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 10:26 AM

Hi Kate and welcome to the Sclero Forums. I'm really sorry you have sclero. Sounds like you have quite the adventure ahead of you!

I had insurance at the time of being diagnosed, so I haven't experience being turned down due to sclero. I hope that others will chime in to give you personal experience or knowledge that may help you.

Again welcome!
Warm and gentle hugs,

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