kojack, you can be 'sick of it' all you want -- it doesn't change facts.
FACT: Medicine in some parts of the word is substantially substandard, by Western lights. Hospitals are poorly equipped, sometimes abysmally so, and despite what you say all Docs are NOT the same, nor are they trained the same.
FACT: Older Cruisers make up a very large and extremely important part of the cruise industry's business. The notion that they should all stay home is the very last thing on the cruise industry's wish list. It would cost them billions and put most out of business. It is also condescending and insulting in the extreme.
FACT: You don't have to be old to have a medical emergency.
FACT: (And this one is critically important) Patients have every right to be consulted and to have a say in their treatment.
Landlocked in Denver, but cruisin every chance we get.
Polynesia, Carib. '86
Cr. Odyssey, Scandinavia, '91, 30 Day S Pac. 2002
Crystal Harm, Aust., N.Z., '94
Royal Odyssey, AK,'96
Old Cr. Pr. Canal, '97
RCCL, Carib, 1998
Volendam, Car, 2000
Ryndam, 35 day S. Am., Antarctica, '03
Is. Pr., Canal, 2004
Statendam, 34 day China, Japan, AK '06
Cr.Pr., Carib. 08
Eurodam, Atlantic, Med. '10