May 6, 2017

Pregnancy a pre-existing condition, erectile dysfunction not

Donald Trump’s new healthcare bill will allow insurance companies to charge higher fees to women who have had children than to men with conditions like erectile dysfunction. Under the US President's plans, insurance companies will once again be allowed to use “pre-existing conditions” as a reason to deny people coverage.While the list of “pre-existing conditions” does not include erectile dysfunction, insurance providers have previously raised premiums for some women, including domestic violence victims and rape survivors.  Critics have pointed out that other conditions on the list disproportionately or solely affect women, including pregnancy, a past Caesarian-section operation, infertility treatment and postnatal depression.One estimate suggests a past pregnancy would increase a woman’s insurance premium by $17,060 – a 425 per cent rise.

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