In America, we're used to excellent Healthcare, but it's important to understand, that in the rest of the world, it's not the same. If you're abroad, it's unlikely that you'll receive care on the level that many are accustomed to here in the states. People often think "Well, I can just fly home."
But the reality is that if you have a very serious medical problem, you might not be able to get on a plane, and being medically evacuated can potentially cost 50,000$ to 100,000$. And health insurance doesn't cover that. Unless someone has "medical evacuation" insurance, it can be a very costly mistake if you become very ill overseas.
Dr. John D. Cahill, M.D. is a physician and medical educator who founded the Center for Global Collaboration & Health Initiatives. While studying abroad in medical school and after his postgraduate medical training at Brown University, Dr. Cahill spent time in Southeast Asia & Africa.