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Freddy

Hi all,

I would appreciate anybody who have gone through the medical stage to share please and I apologise if this topic have been treated before. Your experience will be highly appreciated. What should we prepare for, dieting and going back to gym :cry: ..lol. Are kids also going to go through the test as well?

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MaryJane

Hi all,

I would appreciate anybody who have gone through the medical stage to share please and I apologise if this topic have been treated before. Your experience will be highly appreciated. What should we prepare for, dieting and going back to gym :cry: ..lol. Are kids also going to go through the test as well?

Hi Freddy

Everybody goes through medical. Husband, myself and my 15 year old went through blood pressure test, sugar test, urine test, blood test, x-rays, eye test (I think that was all?). My 8 year old did not go through the x-ray and blood test.

If you have any existing condition, best to get it looked at now. It requires some sort of medical report which you have to bring to the doctor doing the medicals (designated medical practitioner DMP). The 60 days given for medicals to have done flies very quickly. I had a situation where my husband needed reports on his diabetes and high blood and right up to 45th day we were still trying to get these reports out.

I'd say if you wanna start eating right and taking care of yourself now, there's no harm in that. Depends when medicals are gonna be requested. Lucky for me, I had started doing that a few months before we even knew we were getting medicals so it helped a bit (I was very unhealthy in a previous life).

We watched what we ate about 2 weeks before the medicals and tried to refrain from overdoing things. For the kids, I think just get them to drink lots of water days before your medicals should cleanse whatever they have on their systems. :)

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shawman

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Medical was easy. Chest x-ray, blood tests and a normal physical. I have a 13 year old and he also did the medical. We did not do anything out of the ordinary to prepare for ours. Take glasses and current medication with you to the doctor. It is nothing to be scared of. Worst thing is the price of the courier to London - R450 per person - shocking! We had ours done in PE.

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Freddy

Thanks shawman and MJ.

I told my wife about drinking lot of water already...lol. Luckily I don't have any known medical conditions. But I am not that kind of gym freak. I keep healthy and am non-smoker and non-drinker. Obviously at over 40 have some flesh around my waist and belly...lol. Seriously, I am not sure what too look forward too but will keep it simple. I use glasses for the past 4 yrs as well as my wife.

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lgonsalves

Hi Freddy

Everybody goes through medical. Husband, myself and my 15 year old went through blood pressure test, sugar test, urine test, blood test, x-rays, eye test (I think that was all?). My 8 year old did not go through the x-ray and blood test.

If you have any existing condition, best to get it looked at now. It requires some sort of medical report which you have to bring to the doctor doing the medicals (designated medical practitioner DMP). The 60 days given for medicals to have done flies very quickly. I had a situation where my husband needed reports on his diabetes and high blood and right up to 45th day we were still trying to get these reports out.

I'd say if you wanna start eating right and taking care of yourself now, there's no harm in that. Depends when medicals are gonna be requested. Lucky for me, I had started doing that a few months before we even knew we were getting medicals so it helped a bit (I was very unhealthy in a previous life).

We watched what we ate about 2 weeks before the medicals and tried to refrain from overdoing things. For the kids, I think just get them to drink lots of water days before your medicals should cleanse whatever they have on their systems. :)

I have a 3 yr old and 8 month old, will they go through all the tests?

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lgonsalves

Hi

Medical was easy. Chest x-ray, blood tests and a normal physical. I have a 13 year old and he also did the medical. We did not do anything out of the ordinary to prepare for ours. Take glasses and current medication with you to the doctor. It is nothing to be scared of. Worst thing is the price of the courier to London - R450 per person - shocking! We had ours done in PE.

oh my word is that R450 excluding the the R1000 cost 9i believe its R1000. Thanks i had no idea about that courier fee per person.

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Tracey22

I have a 3 yr old and 8 month old, will they go through all the tests?

No, they will have a general exam - heart rate, blood pressure, temperature etc. Nothing invasive or scary for them.

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shawman

Hi

Cost for us were x rays R340 each, blood tests R144 each, Exam R735 each and courier R450 each - I would have thought that they would combine the medicals into one envelope (which they did) and charge one fee - nope R450 each - like I said shocking.

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lgonsalves

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Cost for us were x rays R340 each, blood tests R144 each, Exam R735 each and courier R450 each - I would have thought that they would combine the medicals into one envelope (which they did) and charge one fee - nope R450 each - like I said shocking.

Thank you for your post, we always heard medicals were R1000 (and were "budgeting" on that) at least we know the costs now.

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Tracey22

Thank you for your post, we always heard medicals were R1000 (and were "budgeting" on that) at least we know the costs now.

We claimed the costs from Medical Aid, and thus paid very little out of pocket

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lgonsalves

We claimed the costs from Medical Aid, and thus paid very little out of pocket

Perfect! i didnt think one could do that :)

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Freddy

I will call the DMP to see if I can use my Discovery medical Aid as well. R450 for courier is over kill. All results should bein one envelope since your dependants are there in the first place becos of you and not that they applying individually. That sound dodgy thoug. I will call the doctor we intend to use at Claremont if we can use medical aid.

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Wolverine

I will call the DMP to see if I can use my Discovery medical Aid as well. R450 for courier is over kill. All results should bein one envelope since your dependants are there in the first place becos of you and not that they applying individually. That sound dodgy thoug. I will call the doctor we intend to use at Claremont if we can use medical aid.

I did my meds in JHB, I paid 550 for the courrier fees for all of us, never heard of per person fees, but to each his own. Meds fees for all of us were R3800, both adults went thru everything, baby only did the usual touching, heart test, no xray, no blood test, no urine test for him.

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Trevor&Anelle

Don't stress about it. It isn't a huge deal. I would suggest that you ask the dr to please contact you if there are any problems BEFORE they send off the medicals.

My tests came back positive for syphilis, but I had (obviously) never had it. Turns out that some cold/flu germs can mimic the whatever they test for (sorry, that is my totally non-medical wording, LOL). Did the full retest (instead of the quick screen) and it is negative. The dr we did our medicals with here for our PR (in Feb) also mentioned the syphilis testing sometimes being a problem.

The dr in SA, however, just sent it off WITH the positive result instead of calling us back and doing the full test. So medicals went off, waiting to get looked at, THEN they sent back a letter to the dr for a retest. It added quite a bit of time to our timeline and it was extremely stressful.

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lgonsalves

I did my meds in JHB, I paid 550 for the courrier fees for all of us, never heard of per person fees, but to each his own. Meds fees for all of us were R3800, both adults went thru everything, baby only did the usual touching, heart test, no xray, no blood test, no urine test for him.

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Wolverine

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You look surprised Lucia

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Freddy

Don't stress about it. It isn't a huge deal. I would suggest that you ask the dr to please contact you if there are any problems BEFORE they send off the medicals.

My tests came back positive for syphilis, but I had (obviously) never had it. Turns out that some cold/flu germs can mimic the whatever they test for (sorry, that is my totally non-medical wording, LOL). Did the full retest (instead of the quick screen) and it is negative. The dr we did our medicals with here for our PR (in Feb) also mentioned the syphilis testing sometimes being a problem.

The dr in SA, however, just sent it off WITH the positive result instead of calling us back and doing the full test. So medicals went off, waiting to get looked at, THEN they sent back a letter to the dr for a retest. It added quite a bit of time to our timeline and it was extremely stressful.

Thanks T&A. I will remember that and ask him to tell us the result before sending it if he agrees to that

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Wolverine

Thanks T&A. I will remember that and ask him to tell us the result before sending it if he agrees to that

They are usually not allowed to tell you the results, just hope that your Dr is understanding. Also, if your chid was born here and he/she is younger than 11, please take any medical report for him/her along with you.

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Freddy

Woverine, what do you mean medical report? Do you mean immuinization card?

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Wolverine

No, a proper birth report stating how he was born, number of kilos, was he a premie, or any follow up report from his paeditrician if he/she has one, or if he'she has seen one.

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Mae

My Hubby had a triple bypass 3 years ago . He has everything under control and in fact is healthier than he has ever been ( proper eating, daily gym, etc etc) . Does anyone know if this will affect the outcome? I'm the main applicant. Any comments would be appreciated.

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MaryJane

Hi

Just a mention, I am not sure if it applies to everybody.....you are not allowed to claim visa medicals through medical aid or that's what I've been told by Dr Cobb (my DMP). I was able to claim the x-rays and blood tests though. Medicals done in January 2012, our costs were:

R3150 - for medicals with DMP

R1793 - for specialist report for hubby's conditions

R1410 - for x-rays

R424 - for blood tests

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lgonsalves

Hi

Just a mention, I am not sure if it applies to everybody.....you are not allowed to claim visa medicals through medical aid or that's what I've been told by Dr Cobb (my DMP). I was able to claim the x-rays and blood tests though. Medicals done in January 2012, our costs were:

R3150 - for medicals with DMP

R1793 - for specialist report for hubby's conditions

R1410 - for x-rays

R424 - for blood tests

Ok so now I'm really confused I guess I will just wait and see what happens when it my turn

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Wolverine

U can claim for certain things, not all.

@Lucia, the prices depend on the number of people doing the meds, and are dependent on each DMP as well.

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lgonsalves

U can claim for certain things, not all.

@Lucia, the prices depend on the number of people doing the meds, and are dependent on each DMP as well.

Ok thanks for the clarity, so I will wait see and then.

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