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Old 25-08-2012, 14:52   #31
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Re: Cruising Dentist

I don't know about dentistry, but my mother is a doctor, and carried a very well supplied surgical suite when we were cruising. Everything from a sterilizer to hard core narcotics. We traveled all over the Carribean, and never had a problem bringing them into any country. The most I can remember anyone looking at was asking to see her license, and an ID.

She was always careful to ask the local doctor (if there was one) or headman for permission to work, and it was always granted. She was in such high demand we actually had to raise a 'doctors aboard flag' when she was treating people. Not the M flag, but one with "DOCTOR" on it flying when she was working.

Most of the pay was in tour guides, thanks, maybe fresh fish or vegetables. But I think the thing she was most pleased to get was the look on someone's face when she was done treating them, and they realized that the pain/infection/problem was going to get better. She even did a tooth extraction for a guy who had never hear of a dentist, and couldn't have afforded the trip to see one anyway.


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Old 25-08-2012, 15:03   #32
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Re: Cruising Dentist

Originally Posted by Timtim24 View Post
Thanks, yes that is the idea just help others out and keep her skills fresh. We hope we have saved enough money and hope to be able to get by on a cruising kitty of $40k per year. Hopefully we will not need to make extra cash, if that time comes we both have residency in the Bahamas so we can work there if we have to. Just have to get there first our boat is in Malaysia! Thanks everyone for the comments. We just wanted to see the reaction to having a friendly dentist in the cruising world. She really wants to continue her skills, her love is dentistry not - money and the "all we want to do help you" insurance companies.
G'Day again TT24,

That sounds great! I'm surely not competent to judge whether one can provide useful practice from a cruising boat, but even good advice alone is very comforting at times... even when the news isn't good!

I don't think that many folks would have a problem cruising on your proposed budget. Ann and I live kinda frugally (by nature) and get by on much less than that whilst supporting a reasonably large boat and not feeling that our existence is much compromised.

Enjoy yourselves... I think that you will do just fine, and that your wife will be able to find ways to keep herself occupied!



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