Taiwanese people rescued from working in Australia without any insurance cannot be exempted from huge medical expenses
"Chinatown"-Official media of Chinese Australians
Remember to buy insurance when you travel to Australia! The Taiwanese man fell 9.6 Australian dollars in Australia.
Australian media reported that in early June, a Taiwanese man who was visiting Australia accidentally fell while traveling in Uluru. Although the official rescue team rescued him safely, he had to receive treatment in the hospital due to his serious injuries. To make matters worse, the Taiwanese man did not purchase travel insurance, which also made him have to bear the treatment costs of 6 Australian dollars!
It is reported that the 27-year-old Taiwanese man named Yang Chengxin has returned to Taiwan for treatment, but left a very expensive Australian souvenir-8.4 Australian dollars for medical expenses, because he did not purchase travel insurance during his trip. .
27-year-old Yang Chenggong deviated from the marked trail while climbing the Uluru boulder on June 6 and accidentally fell into a crack in the rock. He was rescued by a helicopter by the authorities and received expensive treatment in the hospital in Alice Springs.
According to reports, Yang Chengxian suffered multiple fractures throughout his body, including his face, chest and limbs, when he fell, but he did not have travel insurance or medical insurance to help pay for medical expenses.
Although a spokesperson for the Australian Central Medical Services (CAHS) could not confirm the specific amount Yang Chengxin would be forced to pay, his family told Taiwanese media that he was asked to pay A$1.2 when he was in Australia and still owed about A$8.4.
The spokesperson confirmed that the bill will be enforced.
"Patients such as foreign tourists are not eligible for Medicare in Australia and are responsible for paying for their treatment in Australia's public medical system."
"Therefore, if overseas patients undergoing treatment at Alice Springs Hospital do not have valid travel insurance, CAHS will set up a medical account."
Although the cost of hospitalization seems inevitable, a spokesperson for the Northern Territory Emergency Rescue Service (NTES) said that the authorities will not charge Yang Chengxing for helicopter rescue.
"In Australia, rescued persons and their families will not be charged for search and rescue related expenses." An NTES spokesperson said, "We have not requested fees and will not."
According to the "Taipei Times" report, the man's family currently has no funds to repay the hospitalization expenses in Australia, and appealed for financial assistance from all walks of life.
His mother told reporters: "We will repay the money when we are able."
Yang Chengxing came to Australia for working and holiday. During this period, his health insurance in Taiwan was also suspended due to his failure to pay premiums on time. Currently, he is receiving follow-up treatment in his hometown of Kaohsiung.
News compiled from "NT News"
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