Health care around
isn't always perfect ...
Kong is reputed to have the world's most expensive medical care.
developing countries, needles, syringes and IV administration materials may be
re-used without adequate sterilization. Consider bringing a personal medical kit
with a supply of disposable products.
hospitals in China derive a substantial amount of their revenue through drugs
prescribed by staff physicians and sold at on-site hospital pharmacies. Therefore
not only might doctors prescribe more drugs than you need but you will possibly
be overcharged for your drugs as well.
Mexico, some medical providers work in conjunction with air ambulances to pressure
patients into paying for expensive (and sometimes medically unnecessary) emergency
evacuations. It is important to have an assistance company that can provide appropriate
medical referrals and assist you in making safe and cost effective evacuation
arrangements when required.
Europe and the Former Soviet Union, routine first aid supplies and feminine hygiene
products are often hard to find and expensive where available.
ambulance drivers in China are not required to have any medical or first aid training
(Source: Laura Hilton, Director of Provider Relations at MEDEX)