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sl8

(15,309 posts)
Tue May 21, 2024, 07:09 AM May 21

He fell ill on a cruise. Before he boarded the rescue boat, they handed him the bill

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2024/05/21/1252428534/he-fell-ill-on-a-cruise-before-he-boarded-the-rescue-boat-they-handed-him-the-bi

BILL OF THE MONTH

He fell ill on a cruise. Before he boarded the rescue boat, they handed him the bill

MAY 21, 2024 5:01 AM ET
By Bram Sable-Smith

[...]

Vincent had had seizures in the past, starting about ten years ago, but it had been a while since his last one. Imaging back then showed no tumors, and doctors concluded he was likely epileptic, he said. He took medicine initially, but after two years without another seizure, he said his doctors took him off the medicine to avoid liver damage.

[...]

Wasney was in the ship's medical center when he had a third seizure — a grand mal, which typically causes a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. By then, the ship was close enough to port that Wasney could be evacuated by rescue boat. He was put on a stretcher to be lowered by ropes off the side of the ship, with Eberlein climbing down a rope ladder to join him.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/24662397-may-2024-botm

[...]

What gives: As part of Royal Caribbean's guest terms, cruise passengers "agree to pay in full" all expenses incurred on board by the end of the cruise, including those related to medical care. In addition, Royal Caribbean does not accept "land-based" health insurance plans.

Wasney said he was surprised to learn that, along with other charges like wireless internet, Royal Caribbean required he pay his medical bills before exiting the ship — even though he was being evacuated urgently.

[...]

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He fell ill on a cruise. Before he boarded the rescue boat, they handed him the bill (Original Post) sl8 May 21 OP
I always recommend getting cruise medical insurance jimfields33 May 21 #1
That's kinda, sorta, heartless................... Lovie777 May 21 #2
Disgustingly mercenary. Joinfortmill May 21 #3

jimfields33

(17,232 posts)
1. I always recommend getting cruise medical insurance
Tue May 21, 2024, 07:18 AM
May 21

In 2012, my mother had to be taken off the ship from Bahamas and flown to broward medical. Spent a week in the hospital. Had my sister not gotten her the medical, the price would have been at least 20K for the medivac alone. Thankfully she was smart enough to get my mom the ship insurance. We did have to pay a few hundred from the broward stay as it reverted to her Medicare and secondary US policy once in the states.

Lovie777

(13,425 posts)
2. That's kinda, sorta, heartless...................
Tue May 21, 2024, 07:25 AM
May 21

but, medical, health insurance doesn't care about people's health or wellbeing unless they can afford it.

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