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1. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

so I am suppose to depart philadelphia next week on the 1st of the month and arrive in sydney on the 3rd. OZ for 4 months, NZ for a year or more.

I've been planning since september. I quit my job, set up a bank account, tax number, phone, accommodation for two weeks, I've been saying my good-byes, big going away party this weekend. I was completely ready until last night...

I was diagnosed with alopecia, it's not too physically bad by itself, it might not be too bad, it could get worse it could be socially devistating but I'll cross that bridge if I get there. Thing is... it may be accompanied by other auto-immune diseases. To be specific I may have something wrong with my thyroid. So I got blood work done this morning...and won't get the results for a few days.

I called the airline and agency that helped me set up this trip to see what my options are if I have to delay or cancel the trip. Luckily Air new zealand is pretty cool I can apparently change the departure date for nothing...if I let them know by monday. so delaying it is an option.

canceling is a different story...I will have lost money I paid for help setting up visas, some money on the airfare, money on a phone, money on a bag, some on accommodation, and my job.

I'm so close but so far at the same time.

does anyone know if I could buy health insurance for a monthly fee when I am down there? something to help with doctor visits and medication? there must be something...

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Health insurance normally has an exclusion period for pre-existing conditions - quite often a 12 month period I think.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

Sorry for you, Paul. But don't get your hopes up about health insurance; as mojo wrote, there is either an exclusion period or you pay a much higher fee.

In case you have health insurance at home already, it may be worth looking into possibilities to extend coverage to foreign destinations instead of taking out a whole new policy. Normally this would be a more expensive option (well, in Europe, don't know much about US situation), but in your case that might be different.

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