And what would have been a better alternative?
The ship's doctor determined he wouldn't be concerned with his safety if he stayed on the ship. He thought the patient would be better off in a hospital.
If they had allowed him to stay on, and his condition worsened I'm afraid the family would be complaining about how bad the treatment was.
And of course the question as to how an 89 yr old would ever consider tranveling without health insurance is beyond me.
Unfortunate incident for sure! But a better solution would be dificult to find.