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Author Topic: job application/health history section  (Read 1450 times)

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Offline pozhealthy

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job application/health history section
« on: May 23, 2008, 09:45:30 PM »
How do you answer the questions on a job application regarding your medical history?  Just wondering.  I am have written emails and made phone calls and have not gotten a definitive answer to this as to just what we can say to tell the truth but be stealth enough to not cause and bells and whistles to go off.
Like on the last form I filled out it had a section that said to list any other medicals conditions or problems not listed on the "check the box yes or no " section. And to list any medications I am taking.
Any suggestions.
Do you really have to disclose this information. What if you don't ---is it considered lying and you can have your insurance taken away from you???
Let me know what you think and experiences you have had.

Offline dgr20002

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Re: job application/health history section
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2008, 09:58:44 PM »
This seems rather odd to me. Any large company with group coverage will provide coverage when you are hired and it's between you and the insurance company as to any medical or prexisting condition.  The bad part is that if this is a small company, and even if the questions are not legal, you pointing that fact out to them will raise flags too. They will wonder what you are trying to hide. It seems to me there are legal issues with asking medical questions on a job aplication. There are many conditions that are life threatening but do not impair your ability to do your job. Diabetes comes to mind but there is no stigma with disclosing diabetes on any aplication.

Let us know what you do and what happens,


Offline rondrond

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Re: job application/health history section
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2008, 10:01:30 PM »
I have always been upfront about being Gay and having HIV wherever I have worked. ... It depends on your circumstances and your comfort level. . But.as I see it....even if you don't tell on the application, you are going to make a claim for meds against the policy, so how do you think they aren't going to know? As I understand it they determine how much to charge for their premiums (employee deductions) by how much the policy is being used.(I have HIV and need these meds..every day) If there is a lot of activity to a companies policy, the next enrollment period they could raise the premiums to cover their perceived losses. Which is why they want you to stop smoking, would have contests on weight loss, pay incentive on perfect attendance, if your coughing and are sick, stay home, don't bring it to work....It seemed every year we were filling out new enrollment forms as the company had 'changed insurance companies'.to get a better rate.....

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« Last Edit: May 23, 2008, 10:07:16 PM by rondrond »
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Offline md

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Re: job application/health history section
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2008, 01:23:45 AM »
Were the questions on an actual job application form or were they on a health plan enrollment form that you were asked to fill out after you had got the job?

If it was a job application form then I am very surprised since, in California at least, it is essentially illegal to ask job applicants any questions that are not in some way related to assessing their suitability for the job - so, unless there was something about the job itself that made your medical history relevant these questions would and should never be asked. Of course every state is different so  it is hard to know what may have happened in your case.

If on the other hand it was a health plan enrollment form they certainly have the right to ask.

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Re: job application/health history section
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2008, 02:22:38 PM »
I've never seen a job application with health-related questions on it, but I have always applied for "office" jobs, and nothing involving manual labor.

I did work for a construction company in 2001, and underwent a company physical exam, mandatory for ALL employees (which had me petrified) but I passed with flying colors.   If I can do that, at my age and with my AIDS history......well what I'm saying is don't worry about it.


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Offline pozhealthy

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Re: job application/health history section
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2008, 11:34:20 PM »
I guess my question relates to the health section you fill out during your physical. They ask if you have diabetes, psychological problems, list the medications you are taking,etc.
then there is a section to list any other medical problems you have not listed on the form,
can you just not mention HIV and the drugs you are taking?
the way the questions they ask are a round about way of finding out if you are HIV positive.
one was " do you have any other blood problems not listed above"--seems like they are trying to find out.
Maybe I am just being paranoid.
Also the beginning of the whole process is an 80 question form that essentially a psychological profile that is mandatory to aswer or you will not even be considered for the job.
Seems very intrusive.

Offline pozhealthy

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Re: job application/health history section
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2008, 11:35:46 PM »
i work in health care and i do use needles and stuff. So i suppose the application process is a bit more extensive than perhaps if i was applying for a job at Target. Maybe that is why its so extensive.


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