Travel insurance is designed to protect you against the cost of any unforeseen events when you are on holiday, or before if they force you to cancel your break. It’s up to you if you buy a policy. Cover varies hugely between deals, so reading the small print before you buy is vital. The benefit of cover A good travel insurance policy will ensure that any unexpected medical bills are paid and that you can get home in an emergency. Even routine surgery such as an appendectomy costs around £7,500 in Europe, according to insurer esure, increasing to £25,000 in some parts of America. It may also meet the cost of new baggage if your luggage is lost or stolen, and compensate you if your trip is cancelled, your travel delayed or you miss your departure. Medical costs Whether or not you are buying insurance you should take a European Health Insurance Card (Ehic) with you when you travel to the continent. This provides you with access to free medical treatment in EU countries, as … [Read more...] about Factsheet: Travel insurance
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Fashion student Henry Curtis-Williams, 21, with his mother Pippa Travis-Williams The parents of a 21-year-old fashion student who killed himself just days after being wrongly released from a mental health unit have won an apology and compensation from health bosses. Henry Curtis-Williams, who was studying at the London College of Fashion, had been receiving mental health treatment without the knowledge of his parents Stuart Curtis and Pippa Travis-Williams. The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust made the payout after agreeing that he should not have been discharged - but the 'menial' figure was described by his parents as 'just about enough' to buy each of them a second hand car. Mr Curtis-Williams, who was described as 'kind and gentle' by his family, was dropped off by his mother at Ipswich train station in Suffolk on May 11, 2016, one day after his 21st birthday. He was supposed to return to London where he was studying fashion and photography, but instead … [Read more...] about Health bosses apologise to parents of fashion student, 21, who hanged himself just days after junior doctor released him from mental health unit
When a pharmaceutical company raised the price of an essential medicine to unacceptable levels, there was only one thing for pharmacist Marleen Kemper to do: start making it herself. When Kemper was in primary school, she had watched two of her classmates get ill. One had a brain tumour, the other contracted an infection in his gut. Both of them died. Kemper was about 10 at the time, and knew she did not want to see another friend perish. She told her parents she wanted to do something that would prevent others dying. She wanted to be a doctor. But training is hypercompetitive in the Netherlands, where Kemper grew up. She didn’t quite have the grades. She liked chemistry, so chose a career in pharmacy instead. She studied for six years and did a residency for another four. She is now a highly respected hospital pharmacist based at Amsterdam UMC’s Academic Medical Centre, a cavernous building crafted out of concrete on the south-east fringe of the Dutch capital. To … [Read more...] about DIY drugs: should hospitals make their own medicine?
One of California's largest hospital systems is being sued over accusations that it overcharged some patients for medical bills. The state has brought an antitrust case against Sutter Health, which operates 24 hospitals with 5,500 doctors across Northern California. According to a lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general, Xavier Becerra, patients from Northern California were paying nearly twice as much for some procedures as those in Southern California. California also claims that Sutter Health forced insurance companies to include all the company’s hospitals and doctors in their provider networks, leaving patients unable to go elsewhere for cheaper care. California has filed a lawsuit against Sutter Health, which operates 24 hospitals with 5,500 doctors across Northern California, claiming it overcharged patients for medical bills. Pictured: Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, California The case was originally filed in 2014 by a group of employers and … [Read more...] about California sues hospital chain for ‘bullying’ some patients by charging those in the richer North of the state twice as much as those in the South
Disgusting footage has captured the moment a woman had a cockroach removed from her ear. The unnamed patient rushed to hospital in Vietnam because she was in agonising pain. Local reports state that she believed some sort of animal may have crawled inside during the night. Her doctor, known only as Dr Trinh, said it's likely the insect was looking for shelter from the wet weather. It took more than two minutes for the bug to be pulled out, and it was still kicking when it was removed. Disgusting footage has captured the moment a woman had a cockroach removed from her ear Dr Trinh said it's likely the insect was looking for shelter from the wet weather The video showed how Dr Trinh, at the Can Tho Hospital, investigated the woman's ear canal with an endoscope. He found a large, wriggling cockroach deep inside. It was stuck and unable to move around. The woman had explained how she woke suddenly in the night with ear ache that was constant and painful. RELATED … [Read more...] about Woman has a wriggling cockroach removed from her EAR ‘after the insect crawled in there to escape the rain’