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Pre-existing health issues
« on: May 17, 2020, 05:43:23 PM »
As we are now looking to close the distance asap, I'm thinking about the finer details.

When my then husband has his medical, are there certain medical conditions which would class him as a potential burden to the NHS if he settles? 

For example, if he has mental health issues, would that be a problem, as he's more likely to need therapeutic support in the UK?

Also, how detailed are the medicals?
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Re: Pre-existing health issues
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2020, 06:42:01 PM »
As we are now looking to close the distance asap, I'm thinking about the finer details.

When my then husband has his medical, are there certain medical conditions which would class him as a potential burden to the NHS if he settles? 

For example, if he has mental health issues, would that be a problem, as he's more likely to need therapeutic support in the UK?

Also, how detailed are the medicals?

There is no medical for a UK spouse visa. Your husband will pay the IHS (immigration healthcare surcharge) and be entitled to use of the NHS free at the point of service. Any pre-existing conditions or disabilities will not affect his application.
 
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Re: Pre-existing health issues
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2020, 07:11:25 PM »
It's been a while since I looked at all the information. I guess I just assumed he'd need one on account of the surcharge cost. Glad to know he doesn't need one though.  :)
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Re: Pre-existing health issues
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2020, 07:14:23 PM »
As larrabee said, there is no medical for UK visas. People from certain countries (not the US) are required to get a TB test, but that’s it. The IHS surcharge is just a charge they make immigrants pay towards their healthcare because the NHS is underfunded and needs all the money it can get and they can’t make UK citizens/permanent residents pay extra for it.

There’s essentially no such thing as pre-existing conditions when it comes to the NHS. Everyone is entitled to treatment*, regardless of whether it is for a pre-existing condition or not.

*providing they are eligible to use the NHS


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Re: Pre-existing health issues
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2020, 08:21:08 PM »
If there are any specific medications or specialists they will need, be sure to research care for the conditions in the UK. I knew mine would be difficult, and it's been a really long slog to get back into all the specialists I had in the US even though my need for them never went away, they'd just only put in one referral at a time. Some medications aren't available here either so I've had to try and adapt to different things and find the equivalent meds. But it is very very nice that there is no medical and that your health can't keep you from your spouse as long as you meet the visa requirements!

(feel free to PM if you need any help locating info from the NHS, their websites can be a bit hard to navigate.)

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Re: Pre-existing health issues
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2020, 02:42:24 AM »
He struggles with PTSD, has no insurance and doesn't take any medication.
So my main concern is getting him an adequate support network when he arrives. I know the whole ordeal will be a lot for him to cope with, and I do worry that it may pull him into another depressive pit. The last time he was in one, it continued for months.  :(
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