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Re: Getting to enjoy the benefits of the South African healthcare system

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
Forget about pirates or running into containers, the biggest danger while cruising is getting sick or injured.

The ambulance first took us to the public hospital when hearing that we don't have travel insurance. However the hospital doesn't have right facilities (24 hour xray and specialists on call) to treat me accordingly, so we decided to try the private hospital which is very fancy and well-equipped and pricey, but not by US standards, more by cruiser standards.
Really sorry to hear of your injury - that's the variable that can make a huge difference to everything on a cruising boat. I hope it all works out well.

Having grown up and spent most of my life in South Africa and having seen the changes that have happened there, heard reports from friends and family (I've been gone for ten years), the lack of facilities in the public hospitals is the least of the problems. Those hospitals are really not the best in medical care and the surgery is just a part of that. The standards of hygiene, nursing standards and so on are frightfully low.

I chopped a finger off two years ago and it was put back together (in New Zealand) and it is now functioning 95% so you will hopefully also make a decent recovery. Surgery today is really rather good.

Good luck with the repairs

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