Not one of us likes a “waiver” or “rider” on our health insurance coverage. A waiver/rider is an insurance company’s method of excluding certain pre-existing conditions from coverage. For example, you have had surgery on a knee due to a soccer injury. The company places a rider on the knee, which means a recurring problem to that knee will not be covered.
What about a “rate-up”? Some companies will “rate-up” the amount of premium charged for the policy instead of using a rider, but this is not a general practice with international insurance companies.
The other method of covering pre-existing conditions is “capped coverage.” In this situation the company does not cover the pre-existing condition for the first 24 months, and then limits coverage for the condition to $5,000 a year for the next ten years. This is better than no coverage on a pre-existing condition.
The best option is to accept a “temporary” rider. Often a company will remove a rider after 24 months if you have had no recurring problems with the pre-existing condition. Overall, a rider is preferable to capped coverage if there is a possibility the rider can be lifted at a later date.
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