Originally Posted by boatman61
Why'dya think they say " Hello Mrs Brown... and how are we today...?"
Sorry to hear of your close call mate... glad you were not at sea... you'd be screwed...
Get well soon...
I like, "what seems to be the problem?" - uhhhh, aren't you the one with the degree?
International SOS is an option. They are somewhat of a gold standard in international medical assistance. Our company, like many others, have a corporate membership
that covers expatriates and travellers. I have no stake in them but have used their services extensively for many years.
We have had business travellers get extremely ill on trips. India
of the middle east have diseases that can strrike you down withnlittle warning. The number one tip is food
and water safety
. Some of the stuff that can get inside you stays with your for years, if not forever.
I am not a "fanatic" but I am informed. In certain places I drink tap water
and eat local veggies. Some times of year in some places the water table gets low and the quality of water decreases..
We have had expatriates get extremely ill on assignments.
One of the biggest difficulties when travelling is communicating in a foreign language and knowing, deciding, evaluating if the specific doctor you are using is any good or not.
SOS is not a medical insurance per se. The services they offer include
- medical references
- assigning an english
speaking local doctor to guide you in choices and interface on the language problems
- evacuation services all the way up to private lear jets and accompanying medical staff
- guaranteeing payment to the local hospital. Some local hospitals will require cash up front. SOS may be able to provide a bond on your behalf
I have used all of these services for our people at one time or another.
SOS also recruits and places medical staff globally in remote
rigs, build sites etc. bringing medical care where medical care may not be available.
SOS is a gold plated service
. They sell individual and family term packages on their website. I don't know their prices I suspect high, or your budget
but the option is out there.