Australian tourist in excruciating pain from horrific motorbike accident in Bali is only treated with Panadol – after making a simple mistake
- A Victorian man had a motorbike accident in Bali
- He is not receiving adequate hospital care
- His mother made a plea for travelers
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A distraught mother has revealed her son was only being treated with paracetamol in hospital despite suffering serious and painful injuries sustained in a motorbike accident in Bali.
Melbourne’s Sue Doger flew to the Indonesian tourist spot to be at the bedside of her son Billy, but was shocked to find he was only given over-the-counter medication because his treatment was not paid for ‘advance.
The August 15 crash left Billy with bleeding brains, 10 broken ribs, bruised and damaged lungs, a broken foot, a broken collarbone, eye socket damage and other injuries.
But Billy was only moved to intensive care after Sue raised $12,000 to pay for the hospital.
She claimed he was lying in the emergency department receiving almost no treatment despite his serious injuries.
The mother of a Victorian man involved in a scooter accident in Bali (pictured) has launched a plea after the hospital refused to treat him until they paid the medical bills in advance
Billy will need several operations over a week which the hospital says will cost Sue around $130,000 – but they won’t proceed until they are prepaid.
Ms Doger said she was appalled that her son was only given paracetamol to treat his painful injuries.
His worried family have now turned to GoFundMe for help because Billy made the mistake of not buying travel insurance before his trip.
“His condition is critical… This has left us in a desperate and heartbreaking position as we are unable to provide the immediate financial means to secure the medical interventions he urgently needs,” Sue revealed.
“We are reaching out to this compassionate community in the hope of receiving help.”
Ms Doger warned others to ensure they take out travel insurance before traveling to Bali, saying that even if a patient is in critical condition, they will not receive proper care without payment.
She hopes that partial insurance included on an international bank card that Billy obtained before his trip will cover some of the costs but has so far had no confirmation.
According to the official notice from the Australian Consulate General in Bali, the Indonesian island has one main provincial public hospital, RSUP Sanglah.
Billy needs several surgeries over a week and then around a month of recovery before he can be moved to Australia
However, according to the consulate, difficult or critical cases are usually transferred to one of the other hospitals, which are private and chargeable.
Medical evacuations to Australia are also not covered by any public health system and must be done through a travel insurance company.
“If the patients are not insured, the consulate general can help them organize their own medical evacuations”, specifies the consulate.
“Consulate services are free, but the patient must pay all costs related to evacuation.
“Uninsured patients must fund their evacuation before any arrangement can be confirmed.”