Hi, All - I am applying for a residency visa and I have a question about the letter from the doctor that says one is in "good health". I did not see my question answered elsewhere - including Susan Korthase's wonderful set of instructions - so I apologize if it has been answered on the Forum already.
What does "in good health" mean? If one has high blood pressure or high cholesterol, is that ok? I imagine I can get the health insurance required, but understand that a letter from a doctor will also be asked for at some point.
Karen: You should ask your current US physician for (a) a list of all prescriptions you are currently taking, with both generic and Latin names, as well as how much, how often. This gives you immediate access to all your scrips at any PT farmacia. Second, ask your physician for a statement of health--whatever conditions you have should be noted. This letter might be requested at SEF and / or your health insurer.
Thanks, Craigandmicki - I will definitely be getting a list of my meds. As far as the letter goes (which I will get for the SEF, just to be cautious), do you know if people with particular health conditions get turned away from residency? I take meds for things like a thyroid condition and an autoimmune problem, but both conditions are totally managed by the scrips. Thanks!
I've never heard of needing a letter like this either, but you will want one for your medical care here so it won't hurt to have one. Something I wasn't aware of is that there are some substantial differences in which medications are available here. For example, they have codeine cough syrup over the counter, but no sumatriptan for migraines. They also don't have extended release formulas in many drugs. They don't prescribe opioids (like Vicodin) outside of the hospital. If you have meds you need to take, you might want to do a little research on substitutions (or stock up there). I also recently learned that different pharmacies here carry different meds and brands of meds, so it's good to check a couple places.
To karen9093's question about what health conditions can cause you to be rejected: The SEF believes that a contagious disease can be cause for denial, but they would not deny you for lower-level chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, thyroid, GI / reflux, diabetes, etc.
Can anyone who's done this explain how they got the letter from their doctor? I asked mine today, and they said they didn't issue them, but maybe if there was a specific form for them to fill out, maybe they could do that. Which kind of makes sense to me, considering how vague and open-ended a "letter of health" is from the perspective of one who's asked to write it.
Did you have to provide some sort of form or pre-printed letter to your doctor for them to fill out and sign? Thanks.
All I got was a letter from my doctor on the clinics' letterhead that said - in one sentence - that I was in good health (despite having some chronic conditions that need regular meds) and that I am free from communicable diseases. No one blinked an eye on the stateside; awaiting an SEF appointment in February. But, as many long-timers here have suggested, this may be a non-issue. On the other hand, as it was listed on the requirements for application, it doesn't hurt to be on the safe side.
Karen, you say long-timers say it may be a non-issue. Could you explain that more? Are some people not asked for it at SEF?
I'm asking because I can't find it listed anywhere as a requirement by SEF. Granted, that doesn't mean anything and they may certainly require it ... but if there's a chance they won't, I might wait until I'm in Portugal to see if it's required since my doctor is asking for $100 to print such a statement on letterhead.
(I'm a new patient, so he's probably just charging because he thinks he can and has no reputation to lose with me by asking.)
Hi - I was just repeating what was said above by more knowledgeable people :) The Boston consulate listed such a statement as one of their requirements. It sounds like this may not be true of all consulates. And my doctor did not charge me a penny!