Medical Insurance.

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  1. PhilandMena

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    I sometimes use Travel Insurance, for the medical cover that's included and I declare all the medication I take which bumps up the price.
    However, this has got me wandering what would happen if you missed one off, for example. How would the insurance company know if you had and how do they check your medical history to see if your being honest.
    Also, if I was to declare all the medication I take and became ill and needed emergency treatment urgently, in a third world country not covered by the EHC would this present a problem getting approval from the Insurance company to proceed. I guess this would also apply for a RTA in a third world country.
     
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    IMO if you omitted one, even if that one was not required, when taken ill, they would call "foul" your not covered.

    How do they Know? good question, they must have an arrangement with NHS England, for which a small fee will be paid, just my suspicious mind.
     
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    Yes agree with the first bit but cant see NHS England releasing personal data to a third party, particularly outside of the E.U. (or even within the EU come to that!)
    Also, do you think an Insurance company (IC) would prevent a hospital going ahead with an unauthorised emergency operation/treatment while they check ones medical background ?
    I'd like to think not but do not have a clue as to how it works in practice.
     
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    When I had a serious RTA (other driver at fault) I was asked to sign forms to allow both insurance companies access to my medical data. I was told that if I did not my own company would not pursue my case and the other insurance company would decline the claim unless it went to court. I don't know how true that is / was (the threats) but I signed anyway.

    For minor claims I don't think they would get medical notes but for the more serious claims I'm pretty sure they would.

    A hospital (except possibly in the USA) would not delay treatment in an emergency situation pending insurance agreement (according to my medical friends) but you may end up with a hefty invoice should the insurance company decline to pay.
     
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    Do you not agree to the IC having access to your medical records when you sign up? I should imagine most true emergencies would be dealt with by the local medical system regardless of insurance cover, on going care and repatriation could be a different matter if you've not been honest on your application. And, a big bill to pay yourself for the emergency care not covered.
     
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    Some of that makes sense. Thanks!
     
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    FIL became fatally Ill in Spain. 10 yrs ago. Feeling unwell on santander ferry, ships doctor told him it was chest infection and gave him antibiotics. He got to benicassim and didnt get better so went to hospital. He had had his check up at his own Dr's few weeks before. MIL put everything on insurance, diabetes, etc. Co-op insurance (brilliant) applied to his doctor for his medical history which came through via fax to hospital So everything was checked. Unfortunately he passed away, needed a bypass but was too ill. He was repatriated, motorhome collected from site and returned home. Nothing too much trouble for co-op. So glad she filled in every detail.
     
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    That was a very sad but informative answer @parknride

    I had an uncle who died in Spain in the 1970s ..... so glad the insurance was sorted and correct and they did everything.
     
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    @Puddleduck There were a lot of what ifs, what if he'd stayed on the boat and returned home, what if hed gone to the clinic earlier, what if we ignored the local hospital and said take the risk to transfer him to Valencia for the op, etc etc. He was extremely well looked after in the local hospital for going on 2 weeks I think. So sad when we went for our visiting gowns one day and they weren't there. A lesson to us.
     
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