I have a friend, an Ukrainian like me, who is used to hopping between countries without a medical insurance. When he was getting ready for his first trip to Zimbabwe, he needed to face the hassle of (re)-immunization. So to get the 1/3 (one out of three) shot against Hepatitis B, he went to a clinic in Rome. He later got his 2/3 in Donetsk, and a year after (while already here) pocketed out US dollars for the shot number three at a private clinic in Avondale.
It was too late for him to get an anti-typhoid booster, so the doctors in Italy gave him a pill, which is said to protect you for a year. So again, our hero had to visit Avondale a year after and produce 50 bucks for the shot.’Fortunately,’ Hepatitis A is like flu in Ukraine (not the pig one of Mexico). So having contracted it as a child, our hero has a life-long protection. –Huh, saved at least on that! (The HIV/AIDS rate in some parts of Ukraine is up in arms to compete with that of Southern Africa, but let’s not go into that.)
“Hundred dollars for the X-ray, 50 for the dental work. –But what can you do?” – he sometimes tells me with evident exasperation “What other options do you have staying in any given country for less than a month?”
Top Ranking Cities for Health, Safety and Security in 2011 (source PriceWaterhouseCoopers ‘Cities of Opportunity‘ via Monocle)
- San Francisco
- New York
From this list, if you want to enjoy health, safety and security go to Scandinavia. Forget the planes, unless you can hold your breath throughout the flight. I wasn’t that skilled, and was knocked down by a cold picked somewhere between Jo’burg and Munich.
No worries for you going to those low-on-the-list places that have huge potential. There will always be the right clinic with the right vaccine in Mbabane or Kharkiv (Харків/Харьков). Fingers crossed!