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(LAist)   Turns out International travel insurance isn't all inclusive in case of horrific Mexican ziplining accidents   (laist.com ) divider line 11
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7644 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Jul 2014 at 8:51 PM (1 year ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-07-26 06:50:30 AM  
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o'really: Um, many Americans still don't have health care, why the hell would a corrupt, impoverished developing nation have it?


You know that Mexico has universal health coverage, right?

They still discriminate by nationality like most countries do, but they have better insurance participation than the US does, along with lower costs and a decent standard of care. If anything America is the underdeveloped, corrupt and impoverished country in this comparison.
2014-07-25 10:34:31 PM  
2 votes:
Always have good travel insurance when going overseas. My "Divers Alert Network" insurance was crazy good when I suffered an internal injury near Nuku Hiva in the South Pacific in 2012. I was medevac'd to Tahiti for stabilization for the next week, they arranged all of the translation services over the phone, and arranged a pair of 1st class seats on Air France to get me back to the USA for further treatment (two days before Christmas). They arranged everything with the US Consulate, State Department and Embassy to update them on my status and waive me from all immigration - and covered the hotel stay for my travel partner in a nice Hilton.
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In total, for my $79 annual fee, DAN covered some $45,000 in travel expenses and overseas medical care. My regular insurance covered another ~$125,000 in domestic surgery and outpatient care. In total, I paid about $500 out of pocket. Good insurance frankly saved my life.

/FYI, the medical care in Tahiti is farking terrible. The hospital doesn't even have potable water.
//the US doctors were incredulous that I survived a complete testicular torsion and associated septicemia/gangrene for nearly two weeks.
2014-07-25 09:53:58 PM  
2 votes:

Russ1642: So they read some ads claiming it was safe and that's all they've got? It's a zipline. It's inherently dangerous, and it's in Mexico. You're better off having unprotected sex with the hookers that hang around the hotel bar.


OH THANK GOD! Because, let me tell you, I have been sweating bullets since my little tryst last month during the corporate retreat.

But you sound like an authority on the matter and if you say it's safe, I'm set. In fact, I can't wait to go back and see Esmeralda!!
2014-07-25 09:00:11 PM  
2 votes:
So they read some ads claiming it was safe and that's all they've got? It's a zipline. It's inherently dangerous, and it's in Mexico. You're better off having unprotected sex with the hookers that hang around the hotel bar.
2014-07-25 09:57:11 PM  
1 vote:

TomD9938: Still safer than driving.


Lost a co-worker to diving in Mexico. They filled his tank with c02.That and Kirsty MacColl, I say fark Mexico... wouldn't set foot there for a vacation.
2014-07-25 09:56:00 PM  
1 vote:
Maybe they should be thankful it happened in Mexico. They medical bills in the US probably would have easily been four times that.
2014-07-25 09:24:38 PM  
1 vote:
A country I'll never visit: Mexico
A "sport" I'll never try: zip-lining

Another day of the good life.
2014-07-25 09:04:59 PM  
1 vote:

Russ1642: So they read some ads claiming it was safe and that's all they've got? It's a zipline. It's inherently dangerous, and it's in Mexico. You're better off having unprotected sex with the hookers that hang around the hotel bar.


They claim they're the safest IN CABO. It's all relative. 'Now its the time to scream!' is their tagline on the page to book a zipline reservation so it's not like they didn't warn their customers what would happen.
2014-07-25 09:01:50 PM  
1 vote:
$100 to zip line in a developing country? Seems pricey. It was only $25 to do a really long zip line course in a mountainous rain forest in Ecuador. Though you do have to keep in mind that it was the only zip line company in operation in Mindo because the other one killed a tourist a few months earlier when a cable snapped. but that just adds to the excitement.
2014-07-25 08:56:13 PM  
1 vote:
Once in a while a tree will topple over because of wind storms into a ski lift and de-rope the carrier or otherwise negatively effect the operation of the lift.

Hitting a cliff at 40mph is much worse evidently.
2014-07-25 07:40:18 PM  
1 vote:
From the comments: "Mexico is run by crime syndicates. That's the reason for this."

So the drug lords now control the wind. Good to know.
 
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