Gout and osteoarthritis are different conditions.
No, premature birth is not at all a preexisting condition. Premature birth becomes imminent when the doctor thinks the condition of both mother and child would be safe to allow premature birth. In this way it will not be considered as a preexisting condition while applying for Medical insurance.
Yes, it is, and so is pregnancy, or herpes......in the USA anyways...
Tests, of any kind, are not included in the definition of preexisting condition. You have to be given a definitive diagnosis from that testing in order to have a preexisting condition. If by having a heart cath test, it was determined that you did not need to have one placed, then you do not have a preexisting condition. For example, you may have an MRI/CAT Scan and then a PET Scan to determine if you have cancer, but if they find you do not have cancer, then you are not diagnosed with a condition, therefore cannot considered preexisting. I should add that, generally if a Dr. wants to evaluate for a heart cath, then you currently have or have had issues with your heart in the past. This may be something like a high percentage blockage, irregular heart beat, thickening of the lining around your heart, etc. This would be considered a preexisting condition and future insurance companies may determine that any intervention needed on your heart would be preexisting. However, insurance companies usually have a preexisting time frame (generally 12 or 24 months) in which a condition is no longer consider preexisting. For example, if you were diagnosed with a heart condition 13 months ago and the insurance company you are planning on joining policy is a 12-month limit on pre-existing conditions, then you are in the clear and the preexisting condition clause does not apply to you.
Yes. In order to have a knee replacement done you must first have a significant amount of damage to the knee joint. That is your preexisting condition. The knee replacement itself was done to replace the damaged joint and may or may not be considered a preexisting condition.
It depends on what is causing the sleep apnea. It is preexisting if it is caused by tonsils, adnoids, or an elongated uvula. It is not preexisting if it is caused by being overweight, or possibly by a deviated septum.
If your shoulder commonly comes out of its socket, then it is a preexisting condition. If it is the first time you have dislocated your shoulder or if you have never dislocated your shoulder, then it is not a preexisting condition.
If you try to get health insurance and you have cancer, it is considered a preexisting condition.
If the pregnancy began before the first date of coverage - yes it is preexisting.