Most of the US visitors insurance plans provide coverage for "Acute Onset of Pre-Existing Conditions". This basically provides coverage in the event of an existing medical ailment becoming life threatening and needing emergency medical care. This coverage will usually have exclusions for coverage of gradual or slow worsening of the existing ailment.
INF is one of the few companies which offers USA travel insurance plans for visitors to the US with full coverage for pre-existing ailments. INF plans cover all pre-existing conditions with full Pre-Existing conditions coverage. This means INF insures any in-patient, out-patient, urgent care, specialist, doctor visits, anything related to pre-existing conditions. The INF plans treat the pre-existing conditions like any new sicknesses. Prescription Medications are also covered when prescribed for a recent medical incident caused by a pre-existing condition. However, maintenance medications like Lipitor are not covered under this plan. This also means INF will not have exclusions that are typical in 'acute onset of pre-existing conditions'. Some of the common pre-existing condition exclusions are :
- A limit on the coverage for certain adverse medical events like a myocardial infraction, heart attack or other Cardiac events.
- A limit on the number of occurrences within the insured period
- Explicit exclusions for certain ailments like Urinary Tract infections, Kidney infections or Bladder infections
This also explains why 'Full pre-existing conditions coverage' is more expensive than coverage only for 'acute onset of pre-existing conditions'. However, please note the INF does not support medical tourism, where patients buy this insurance simply to get medical treatment for an existing ailment.