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97: Dear Dr. Dunc: My now 17 year old son was diagnosed with
Tourette's Syndrome & ADHD 10 years ago. Since then he has also
been found to be bordering on OCD, Conduct Disorder, Asperger's and
probably all the other disorders that border on Tourette's and ADHD.
A few years ago I decided to buy a small life insurance policy for
each of my 4 children. Thinking that this would facilitate their obtaining
their own policy when they matured and heaven forbid they have a life
threatening disease that would prevent them from buying and insurance
policy at that time. To my total shock Sean was denied insurance.
He was then 11 years old. I than approached a total of 3 other companies
that also all refused to insure him based on "The morbidity rate
being too high". I have spoken to his psychologist, his psychiatrist,
the President of the Tourette's Society here in Wpg. and none have
ever heard of this happening. Could you possibly shed some light on
this matter and give me any advise that you could. I at this point
foresee him never being able to have insurance and this seems ridiculous
especially seeing that neither of his disorders are life threatening.
I should also mention that he was not denied dental or medical insurance
which seems unbelievable as the companies are covering hundreds of
dollars every month in prescription drugs. D.D., MB, Canada.
M.M. I too have never heard of this, but am both disgusted and alarmed
by that sort of precedence being set.
demand to see the data justifying their position statement regarding
morbidity, as to the best of your knowledge the actual professionals
in the field are not aware of any data on this. If they cannot or will
not produce this data, nor reverse their decision in the absence of
this data, I'd start calling the media. I'd also let them KNOW when
you are about ready to start calling the media -- insurance companies
are getting a lot of bad press these days and likely would be wanting
to avoid more of it.
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