Posted November 21st, 2016, 04:54 PM
My husband and I went on an Alaska cruise August 2016-the first 4 days I was fine, on the 4th day I developed a 104.8 temp, severe vomiting and was taken to the medical facility onboard the ship. After 8 hrs of IV fluids they let me go back to the cabin only to return back to medical the next morning to be checked. This time they admitted me, said that I was a very sick woman and had to stay there so they could care for me properly. The bottom line was I was near organ failure, they were ready to transport me to Juno Hospital had the medications they were given me did not work. My final diagnosis was SEPSIS, they told my husband I was a very sick woman. Thank God the meds worked and I did not need to go to Juno hospital. Our bill was $2250.00 that was paid out of our pocket. Then came the joy and fun of dealing with Medicare. I submitted everything to Medicare only to be told it had been denied..Reasons: Ship not registered to US, Dr. not licensed to practice in US and we were not in US waters. Today is Nov. 21st and I am still waiting on Medicare to send me my denial letter so that I can submit it to Anon Travel Insurance for reimbursement. This type of info should be made known to cruise folks so that they don't go into this blind sided. Not everyone is well versed in the cruise industry and not everyone understands the in and outs of getting ill onboard ship. I guess had my husband not taken me to Medical, it would not be a problem, I would be dead by now. Can't they make some kind of booklet "if you get sick on board the cruise ship" with all the important points listed so that folks don't go into this blind sided.