A waiting period is the length of time between when you join the Fund and when you can claim benefits on services you receive.
Waiting periods are designed to protect both the Fund and it’s Members from people joining only when they need treatment, then making large claims before cancelling their membership.
Members who transfer, or switch, from another fund who have already served their waiting periods will be covered immediately for an equivalent level of cover. Should you transfer to a higher level of cover, you will only serve the waiting period to the the increased cover.
Dependents previously covered on their parents membership will also have their previous waiting periods recognised.
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Pre-existing Conditions* A pre-existing condition is where the signs or symptoms of your ailment, condition or
illness, in the opinion of MHF’s appointed independent medical adviser (not your own doctor), existed at any time in
the 6 months preceding the day you joined hospital cover or the date you upgraded to a higher level of cover. It is
not necessary that you, or your doctor knew what the condition was or that the condition had been diagnosed.
Decisions on whether or not an illness is pre-existing can only be made by MHF's appointed independent medical
adviser. In forming an opinion, the Fund’s practitioner must take into account information provided by your own
The pre-existing condition rule still applies even if your ailment, illness or condition was not diagnosed prior to
joining or upgrading your hospital cover.
An accident is an unforeseen and unintended event which occurs suddenly and causes
bodily injury requiring immediate treatment.
You are covered for accidental injury treatment immediately after you join, providing that there is no right to claim
compensation or damages from another source.
Pregnancy related conditions, or an unforeseen ailment, illness or condition brought on by medical cause, are not
classed as an accident.
Newborn*** We understand that it is a busy and exciting time when a baby is born. It is important that you
contact us as soon as possible after your baby's birth to ensure that they are added to your membership.
If you currently hold a single policy with us, you will have 2 months to upgrade to a single parent, or a family type
policy, after baby arrives. The applicable premium will be payable from baby’s date of birth and they will inherit
your waiting period status.
If you already hold a family type policy, you simply need to let us know baby’s details, within 2 months of their
birth and they will inherit your waiting period status.
If you are expecting a multiple birth, you will need to have a family type policy as the 2nd, or subsequent birth,
will be admitted to hospital in their own right. This will mean that if you hold an excess cover, and you haven’t
already met your excess liability for the calendar year, the excess will be payable for your 2nd baby.