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MANILA: -- After years of illness that left him nearly penniless the 2010 Nobel Chemistry prizewinner Richard Heck has died aged 84 in Manilla.

Famous for his Heck reaction that he discovered in the late 1960s and then spent three decades refining, he won the Nobel for it along with two Japanese chemists working in a similar field.

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blink.png . How is that possible so soon after winning the Nobel $$. That never happens in Thailand. thumbsup.gif

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I'm not strong in Latin. There is something about "so passes the fame of the world" - Sic tranzit gloria mundi - not sure? People with classical education can help to correct me.

Shame... Ungrateful humanity... Did it have something to do with cracking natural oil???

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He shared the 2010 Nobel prize in Chemistry with two Japanese scientists. He had been living in Manila (Quezon City) since 2006, married to a Filipina, who passed away in 2012. He reportedly had been depressed and in poor health since his wife's passing, and was being cared for by her nephew. He was reportedly living on a pension of USD$2500 per month (not that it's really anyone's business...).

Medical bills apparently broke him financially, as a result of chronic illnesses, and the acute gastroenteritis that killed him.

R.I.P. - there but for luck go we all...

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years of illness that left him nearly penniless

Perhaps Philippines hospitals are similar to Thai ones in their charges.

RIP

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So few leave behind a legacy that means anything.

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years of illness that left him nearly penniless

Perhaps Philippines hospitals are similar to Thai ones in their charges.

RIP

Hope I'm not off topic. 3 days ago doctor said he would like to see MRI of my shoulder. When I was quoted 13,000 Bt (about 520 AUD) for the procedure I refused.

Wonder why some people claim Thailand a hub of Medical Tourism?

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blink.png . How is that possible so soon after winning the Nobel $$. That never happens in Thailand. thumbsup.gif

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years of illness that left him nearly penniless

Perhaps Philippines hospitals are similar to Thai ones in their charges.

RIP

Hope I'm not off topic. 3 days ago doctor said he would like to see MRI of my shoulder. When I was quoted 13,000 Bt (about 520 AUD) for the procedure I refused.

Wonder why some people claim Thailand a hub of Medical Tourism?

But one supposes if you where in Aussie you would be demanding an MRI if you were getting it done for nothing and they said you didnt need one :rolleyes:

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blink.png . How is that possible so soon after winning the Nobel $$. That never happens in Thailand. thumbsup.gif

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years of illness that left him nearly penniless

Perhaps Philippines hospitals are similar to Thai ones in their charges.

RIP

Hope I'm not off topic. 3 days ago doctor said he would like to see MRI of my shoulder. When I was quoted 13,000 Bt (about 520 AUD) for the procedure I refused.

Wonder why some people claim Thailand a hub of Medical Tourism?

The cost of operating an MRI scanner is expensive. Medical expenses are the elephant in the room for any expat.

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blink.png . How is that possible so soon after winning the Nobel $$. That never happens in Thailand. thumbsup.gif

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years of illness that left him nearly penniless

Perhaps Philippines hospitals are similar to Thai ones in their charges.

RIP

Hope I'm not off topic. 3 days ago doctor said he would like to see MRI of my shoulder. When I was quoted 13,000 Bt (about 520 AUD) for the procedure I refused.

Wonder why some people claim Thailand a hub of Medical Tourism?

For the shoulder MRI that I had one year ago, in New York City, the insurance pay fee and the self pay cash fee are both 400usd = 14,000bt. In smaller USA cities, the MRI fee is about 25% higher, less patients use the expensive machine, the more the operators need to charge to make the profit.

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blink.png . How is that possible so soon after winning the Nobel $$. That never happens in Thailand. thumbsup.gif

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Perhaps Philippines hospitals are similar to Thai ones in their charges.

RIP

Hope I'm not off topic. 3 days ago doctor said he would like to see MRI of my shoulder. When I was quoted 13,000 Bt (about 520 AUD) for the procedure I refused.

Wonder why some people claim Thailand a hub of Medical Tourism?

But one supposes if you where in Aussie you would be demanding an MRI if you were getting it done for nothing and they said you didnt need one rolleyes.gif

Sorry to be obtuse. What are you trying to say by that?

I repeat: Local specialist said he wants to see it. I refused on the grounds of Hospital charges being unreasonably high. And you say... what?

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Wow, does that suck. Well at least he left the world with something of value. More than most of us ever will.

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A bit hard to appreciate a back bencher in Congress or the Senate retiring after 4 years of doing nothing getting a significant pension for the rest of their life.

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