Underlining the increasing cost of medical treatment at home and abroad for even the most apparently mundane complaints, Debbie Purser, managing director of Medicare International (http://www.medicare.co.uk/
In the first, a 53 year old British male living and working aboard a luxury yacht went to a doctor in the USA complaining of chest pains. Extensive testing revealed a blocked artery which required an emergency stent to be fitted. The client continues to make a steady recovery, but obviously requires costly regular monitoring, with the result that medical bills of nearly £20,000 have been paid out over the last six months. The client is expected to make a good recovery.
In a second case, a 34 year old British male suffered a broken wrist following a fall whilst in Turkey. Although a full recovery is forecast, to date the costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation are nearly £13,000. Such cases are a constant reminder of the everyday value and importance of having international private medical insurance, but it is the cost of treating cancers which can produce medical bills running into the tens of thousands of pounds, especially where a patient is moved between countries to access treatment. Two clients of MediCare with cancers who are currently being treated have so far run up bills over £65,000 and £262,000 respectively. In one case, having taken out worldwide cover, the client elected to be flown from Europe and treated in the USA in order to be able to access the highest standards of care. In the other, chemotherapy was started in Hong Kong, with the client being flown to London to complete the treatment. Debbie Purser adds,“Cancers are now far more treatable than was the case 20 years ago. However the cost of that treatment can be very high. At MediCare International, we will meet the cost of cancer diagnosis and treatment, both today and into the future, giving clients immense peace of mind.”
Cases like these highlight that, with the benefit of hindsight, taking out an international private health insurance (http://www.medicare.co.uk/