LONDON, May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Planning a move to work abroad, especially to a frontier country such as Iraq and you would be foolish to leave home without comprehensive international health insurance. You'd want to check for emergency evacuation cover and protection against a whole host of other eventualities from terrorism to car accidents and hospital treatment. But few would imagine that a simple steak night out would end up with a call to the doctor and an emergency international evacuation.
But that is precisely what happened to a client of Medicare International recently. Posted to Iraq, all was going well until he tucked in to his T Bone. Midway through the meal, a small piece of meat became lodged in his throat, with the result that he could neither swallow food nor drink water.
Having by now lost his appetite as well as his sense of humour, the doctor was called. It is a little known fact, but something as apparently mundane as a blockage in the digestive tract can have significant and potentially fatal consequences. The main short term risk arises through dehydration, which can lead quickly to kidney damage and other serious consequential health complications. In a hot country the effect is magnified.
Without being able to drink water, it became vital that the blockage was cleared. But in Iraq at the time, there was no nearby hospital that could undertake the procedure, so the insurers ordered an immediate air evacuation to the nearest centre where treatment could be obtained, in this case Jordan. By now on a drip to maintain hydration, the patient was quickly airlifted out to waiting doctors who were able to remove the offending mouthful of steak.
What started out as a night out with friends ended in an international medical incident, the cost of which was over £26,000. Debbie Purser, managing director of international health insurers MediCare International explained, "We are quite used to having to deal with emergency evacuations, but in this case, the client was not obviously injured, nor ill. However, without treatment, his health was certainly at risk and the dangers from dehydration, particularly in a hot country such as Iraq, could have become very serious, very quickly. Happily, we were able to swallow the problem and serve up the required treatment quickly and efficiently. It is unexpected incidents such as these that underline the importance of expatriates of all nationalities having the right international healthcare insurance to support them, wherever they are in the world, however good or bad the cooking."
Note to Editors
MediCare International has been speaking fluent healthcare for nearly 30 years ensuring simple, quick access to the best health facilities for expatriates of all nationalities living or working abroad and protection against the costs of inpatient and outpatient medical treatment. Currently, MediCare International has clients in 114 countries worldwide of 86 different nationalities.
MediCare specialises in designing flexible medical insurance cover backed up with the assurance of 24-hour emergency medical assistance for clients and their families. Help, advice and support are only a telephone call away where trained professionals can authorise treatment/settle bills direct with medical facilities, or arrange medical evacuation when necessary - wherever you are in the world. Most medical bills are refunded within 10 days, making this one of the fastest settlement times in the industry.
MediCare International were one of the first insurers to offer genuine chronic care costs cover, so clients with long term medication costs can rest assured knowing they will be covered.
Cover under group plans is also available to most local nationals. Discounted group rates start with just 3 lives and full medical history disregarded exemptions are available on groups of 10 and over, making Medicare one of the most competitive staff cover providers.
MediCare International Limited is an Appointed Representative of APRIL Medibroker Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered Office: Minster House, 42 Mincing Lane, London, EC3R 7AE, United Kingdom ∙ Registered in England No7261287.
SOURCE MediCare International