The story of his medical evacuation from the Philippines is every bit as hairy and instructive as the story of my own evacuation from Cameroon after an accident there two years ago. Carlson, like me, did not have any kind of medical evacuation coverage, so he had to pay cash for all the help he needed to get out of the jungle on the Island of Mindoro (by helicopter) over to Manila and from there back to New York State via private jet. Carlson did not want to say how much all this cost, but my guess is somewhere around $200,000. I base that guess on the cost of my evacuation from Cameroon - $124,000. Mindoro is a lot farther from New York State than Cameroon is from Miami, which is where I had to be transported, and I didn't have to hire a helicopter. Plus, I wasn't bleeding internally and in danger of death the way Carlson was. He needed emergency medical care. All I needed was expert help being moved from one conveyance to another, then a ride home in a horizontal position.
Not surprisingly, Carlson says he is personally signing up for medical evacuation coverage before he goes out of the country again. And he plans to insist that all of his clients have that kind of coverage before he books them on hunts anywhere.
As regards where he plans to book clients these days, hang on this is interesting! Carlson says he is going to give the Philippines a rest for now, and offer hunts in the Central American country of El Salvador. Seems he has made contact with a........(continued)