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

I am sure that I can get the work done in Toronto. Got some feelers out to see if anyone knows the right kind of plastic surgeon. Other than cost, and the fact the cost is largely open-ended, I have been very impressed with the care here, remembering that this is the elite, private care I have been receiving and not what the average person has.
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Re: Getting to enjoy the benefits of the South African healthcare system

Sorry to hear of your woes. Your tale is a reminder that there is risk in pursuing one's dreams. Here's hoping you make a full and speedy recovery!
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Re: Getting to enjoy the benefits of the South African healthcare system

Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Was hoping you'd get around the cape unscathed. Take care!
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Re: Getting to enjoy the benefits of the South African healthcare system

good advice about Pittsburg. There are ortho that specialize in hand with it's own sub board and plastics that specialize in trauma. feel better.
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Re: Getting to enjoy the benefits of the South African healthcare system

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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Re: Getting to enjoy the benefits of the South African healthcare system

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I am sure that I can get the work done in Toronto. Got some feelers out to see if anyone knows the right kind of plastic surgeon. Other than cost, and the fact the cost is largely open-ended, I have been very impressed with the care here, remembering that this is the elite, private care I have been receiving and not what the average person has.
Yeap, I have no doubt Toronto is the place. More over, I trust you and your wife will collectively make the right decision with sound Plan B and C.

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

Sitting in Jo'burg airport waiting for my second flight to Doha, Qatar. This is starting to feel like the Amazing Race except there are no other contestants. June is taking Ainia around Cape Agulhas tomorrow with two good friends from Watertown, NY. They are going to False Bay which is much better suited for leaving aboat than Mossel Bay. MB is the nicest city we have seen in South Africa but the harbour is not great, too many swells. Told June she had been promoted from admiral to captain. She will be just fine, she just does not know good she is. Also Lew and Ann have done 70,000+ miles in their Camper Nicholson 48. They went around Algulhas last week with their symmetric spinnaker up. Lew is an old racer and that is the way he does it. He is also 78 and sharp as a tack. He is my inspiration for ignoring aging, even if he did not get any pics when the angry bull elephant was coming towards us.
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Re: Getting to enjoy the benefits of the South African healthcare system

Good luck Bruce. Glad things have stabilized. Consider Johns Hopkins here in Baltimore in case you dont have luck in Toronto. This sounds like a real sobering experience.

I have no doubt your wife will be fine with the boat. Its amazing to realize how much we have learned when we are forced to put it into action.

I have followed you travels the whole way/ What a fine boat to take around the world.

Take care and god bless.

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

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Thanks for all of the kind thoughts. Another day in the hospital and it seems like the possibility of skin grafts might be the only real fly in the ointment. No huge problem with the morphine, the pain has not been too bad except for the part where the physiotherapist is working to squeeze some of the fluids out of the wound and also to make sure that full motion is available in the fingers. They came something extra strong for that because it really hurt, but is necessary.

Had some good news today that our Jackline policy from IMIS include $10,000 for medical expenses. Have to email them about that. Even with the skin grafts I don't think it will cost as much as that. In discussions of cruising there seems to little talk about big ticket medical. The out of country stuff we looked at was very expensive and we did not see any that had all countries except the US.
I don't know about your home Province but B.C. Medical covers their levels anywhere AFAIK - you are only liable for the difference (if any). Usually you pay and get reimbursed but it's worth looking into with your own "home" health insurance.

Also, I'm confused about your comment that travel health insurance (out of country) being exorbitant. My daughter has been travelling all over the world the past few years and she gets it very reasonably. Is there a difference when you are using your own boat VS. "conventional" travel (jets & hotels)?

Thinking good thoughts for your recovery.
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Re: Getting to enjoy the benefits of the South African healthcare system

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It seems like a large percentage of serious boat injuries fall into the category of getting in between boat and something else.
Yeah - I can't count the number of times I've seen people trying to use a hand or a foot to fend off 10 or more tons of moving boat. They'd never try it with a semi so I guess its the soft & easy glide of a boat that deceives them.
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