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    in my first pregnancy we dearly wanted to cruise hawaii and could get there free with FF points etc but the cruise dates went from 23-24 weeks and i couldnt find any insurance policy that would cover the premature but viable baby situation so we stayed at home. im sorry but if i can read the fine print and realise that it isnt a wise decision and miss out on a great holiday, then so can anyone else. they get all my sympathy but this could easily have been avoided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trishalishous View Post
    i think if the govt can give a drug addict 200k for a transplant, then they should help this poor family!
    Yep and same could be said re the amount the boat people cost so surely the government can assist someone from their own country.

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    I was reading the comments and there were suggestions that a visa for the baby could take up to 12 months - I wonder if this is due to red tape trying to discourage overseas surrogacy or adoption.

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    I hope to god that the Australian Government does not cover their costs.

    If they pay for this they set the trend and will have to pay the couple who had the same issue in Canada last month and then every single other person who failed to check insurance policies overseas and who have to pay out of pocket medical expenses. How do they decide who is worthy and who is not, and how do they stop? They can't just bail out every family with a cute child and sad story.

    If the government forces the hands of insurance companies to pay out, who wants to higher premiums, and tighter rules for those seeking insurance? That would open the possibility for more cases like this if rules are tighter and more people are rejected.

    It's a nasty situation and I feel for the family, but I don't believe bailing the family out is the option...

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    Very true Luna.

    The thing is there are people who get caught overseas like this all the time. They also have HUGE medical bills. Especially in America and the like. We are only hearing about this because of the situation. Some with insurance and some without. Some have read the policy and just don't think it would happen to them and some have not read it at all.

    People who go overseas with NO insurance and then call up wanting assistance and their medical bills paid.

    Where does it stop?

    I do think the visa issue is a bit harsh. The family would be able to prove they were pregnant before they went and had a return ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eleven Eleven View Post
    Wow!
    The American health system is atrocious!!
    I feel sorry for these people but glad Gracee is okay.
    What does this have to do with America?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bada View Post
    Hmmm tricky. It doesn't seem to me like the insurance company should be obligated to pay, they aren't a charity. It's a really sucky situation but a great reminder of the risk you take when traveling overseas in later stages of pregnancy.

    How on earth does an American ccitizen manage having a premmie with no
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    If you can't afford insurance you can get medi-cal then all care, medicine, etc is free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetseven View Post
    I was reading the comments and there were suggestions that a visa for the baby could take up to 12 months - I wonder if this is due to red tape trying to discourage overseas surrogacy or adoption.
    The baby would go through citizenship by the parent being a citizen, it costs 100 something dollars and as we are doing this for our baby immigration said it would be fast process a few weeks or so

    ETA the baby is an American citizen meaning the whole family could go over and live, they can get welfare payments, medical coverage and they could apply for emergency medi-cal to cover these costs for the baby and they back pay 3 months. Something is off about this news report
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    I think I would not travel over seas when pregnant,

    If an american comes here and goes into prem labour our healthcare system does not (and should not) cover her medical bills.

    It is hard not to get caught up in the emotional side that this is a baby but where would we draw the line if we said the aust govt should cover this? What is a 40 y/o has an accident over seas requiring a long (and costly) hospital stay and his heath insurance for whatever reason does nothing for cover it? Should the govt intervene then as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemmi View Post
    I think I would not travel over seas when pregnant,

    If an american comes here and goes into prem labour our healthcare system does not (and should not) cover her medical bills.

    It is hard not to get caught up in the emotional side that this is a baby but where would we draw the line if we said the aust govt should cover this? What is a 40 y/o has an accident over seas requiring a long (and costly) hospital stay and his heath insurance for whatever reason does nothing for cover it? Should the govt intervene then as well?

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    But the Australian government does cover it. There was a report out not to long ago about it. Apparently it costs millions.
    When people from overseas come here and use the medical services.


 

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