Last-Minute Packing

As I get ready to leave for vacation in Berlin and a month of teaching and consulting at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa, I made sure I knew where my malaria pills were. They mainly are a precaution, but if I travel outside of Pretoria, I could go to malaria-prone areas. The pills actually have become a story I’m often repeating: My insurance company wouldn’t pay for them because, in their words, “malaria prophylaxis when traveling is a benefit exclusion under the pharmacy plan. Coverage … will be authorized if the member has a documented diagnosis of malaria.” It’s a benefit I’m going to try not to take advantage of.

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