What do they do ultimately if the patient fails to pay? What can they do?
Phuket Smash Leaves Holiday Briton in ICU: Fight to Pay Bills
By Phuketwan Reporter
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
PHUKET: Friends in Britain are raising money to help Ryan Elson, who was critically injured and left in a coma after a motorcycle crash on Phuket.
Like others before him, the 29-year-old had no holiday insurance and is struggling to pay mounting hospital bills, says the Oxford Mail newspaper.
The Mail says Mr Elson is in an unspecified hospital in Phuket with a broken jaw and nose, and fluid on the brain. Doctors have told him he is likely to lose his left eye.
Doctors operated for nine-hours on Monday to reconstruct his face. He is back in intensive care.
Friend Fiona Ridley said: ''Everything is in the early stages but we have got so many ideas coming in.
''We've been saying all along, we don't think you would get this kind of response for anyone but Ryan.
''He's just one of those people.''
Phuket Smash Leaves Holiday Briton in ICU: Fight to Pay Bills - Phuket Wan
I feel bad for him. Something so stupid, but so easily done.
This is it... The apocalypse.
What will they do with him if nobody pays the bills?
"You really want to save the planet?...the next time you see a hybrid car with a childseat... smash the window, remove the childseat and replace it with a box of condoms..." Doug Stanhope
There was a German guy not that long ago who had mounting bills... It went on for months... I think they would hit the embassy up for the cash and if they refused to pay it would be the gutter or jail.
I feel for the family and friends. We have all done stupid shit in the past, most get away with it, this unlucky chap didn't. Ok, most do get insurance when they go abroad, but often the insurance omits motorcycles, and sometimes folks forget about insurance altogether. All too easily done in my opinion. Tragic situation.
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^Indeed, its all to easy to sit back and slam the guy... but I crashed a bike in Thailand. I was weaing the correct clothing, a helmet and was insured. Didnt stop me from breaking several bones and the insurance not stumping up the cash due to the size of the bikes engine. The idea that you are untouchable if you are insured is naive to say the least.
People with no motorcycle riding experience rent big Honda 750cc bikes all the time in Thailand. I asked the lady who ran such a rental service about farangs and accidents and she just shrugged with "we have insurance"
It just bugs me how people turn other people into saints the minute something happens to them...like the cop that got killed on the other thread about the Texas shooting...
"he was a pillar of the community"...you think people went around telling him that while he was alive?...ya think he never pissed anyone off?...ya think it was possible that some of his coworkers thought he was an asshole sometimes...
you think someone is all that why not tell him while he's alive so he can appreciate it...it's just hypocrisy and it bugs me...
How do you know people didnt say that when he was alive?
How do you know they did?