Playboy wrote:off hand, out of interest, no real reason for asking; was just wondering if your medical insurance covers you being hit in the spine with a pick-axe ???Doctor Seuss wrote:I consider myself an expert on Cambodian health care services. Life-threateing road accidents aside, Ive also had my fill of biodiesel chemical exposures, and the normal malady of sicknesses that affect people in SE Asia.
Ive been to Calmette (and lived!!!), SOS, Gavin Scott, Evil Witch Aussie Chick, and a few expat-recommended local services.
Hands down I say that SOS is the best. What the foreign doctor cant fix, they will honestly admit "I cant fix this" and recommend an evacuation to BKK (yes, accept it, there are NO.... NO.... NO.... 1st-world-standard medical facilities in Cambodia).
It is ridiculous to bitch and whine about paying the cost of being treated by a foreign doctor... who is the only person in the country who is going to be honest enough to say "I can't help you, you need to go to Bangkok".
Dont get caught in that situation. GET MEDICAL INSURANCE COVERAGE that covers the cost of this kind treatement if needed. From my own example... I have been hit by cars, trucks, infected by tropical diseases, and suffered factory chemical injuries.. Ive been medically evacuated from Cambodia 3 times.... the total cost of all the medical expenses I have incurred over 7 years is about $35,000... and I have never paid 1 SINGLE CENT, apart from a total of insurance premiums of about $5,000 over those 7 years.
Medical and travel insurance REALLY pays for itself. At the very least the peace of mind it buys is golden... but in my case... obviously it saves a lot of money too....
Or perhaps a Brick to the Head !