In an age of contactless payments and smart phone banking apps, it’s easy to forget that large swathes of the world still do things a little more traditionally.
In fact, from Afghanistan to Uganda, cash reigns supreme as the only payment method guaranteed to access crucial health and travel services in an emergency.
And it’s not just the developing world where credit is a dirty word.
Many hospitals and clinics in the developed world as well will refuse to undertake medical examinations or treatment on the promise of later payment from an insurance company.
What this means in practice is that if you fall ill or become seriously injured in one of these countries, not being able to pay up-front for tests, procedures or drugs can seriously hinder your return to full health.
And that’s where Tangiers International comes in.
The company’s cashless medical network means that everything from last-minute travel arrangements to life-saving surgery can be given the go-ahead as quickly as possible.
In other words, a patient’s recovery is given priority when it matters most.
Tangiers is able to offer this service due to the unparalleled access to local healthcare systems afforded by its network of national field agents.
These agents – chosen for their expertise in healthcare provision, local bureaucracy and cultural sensitivities – span 192 countries in total, from the developed world to some of the most remote or dangerous regions on earth.
This means that whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda or Russia, the company has nationals on the ground who are able to authorise and pay for services without delay.
Just this month, the cashless medical network proved its worth during an incident in Iraq.
“Michael” had flown into the country for a few days to visit his son who was working as a civilian contractor. However, the trip took a worrying turn when he began to experience complications relating to recent surgery for a brain tumour.
Tangiers was contacted by Michael’s insurance company to facilitate emergency surgery in Erbil, 350km north of Baghdad and the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Due to the presence in Erbil of local field agents, Tangiers was able to facilitate emergency treatment by ensuring that bills were handled directly and immediately.
The surgery was successful and meant Michael was well enough to travel back to Europe.
Aside from medical treatment, the cashless network is invaluable for arranging medical evacuation out of countries during emergency situations and paying for the medical staff required in such an eventuality.
Meanwhile, in non-emergency situations – booking travel and accommodation for meetings or routine medical examinations – it allows medical case managers to ensure that cases progress with as few obstacles as possible.
The network can also be utilized to pay for costs associated with the repatriation of mortal remains.
Tangiers’ cashless medical network is currently in operation in Afghanistan, China, Egypt, India, Iraq, Kenya, Kuwait, Macedonia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.
Further countries can be developed upon request.