Re: Emergency medical care abroad
Your questions are way to broad...which countries? No way you can make a generalization about all foreign countries that would be of any real value. You need to pick a country, and the region w/in the country to get any specific answer.
The Bahamas for example, you'd much rather be in a car accident in Nassau than one one of the out-islands for example. In Nassau, I would imagine a ambulance would get their pretty quick and bring you to a hospital and the care would be adequate or better. Get in an accident on one of the lesser islands, and chances are you are going to die if your injuries are life-threatening.
I have spent up to 2 months at a time on some of the lesser populated islands there, and only once needed to get a doctor(not me, but someone staying w/me)...it wasn't a life-threatening emergency but had to drive close to an hour and it took nearly another hour to track him down and get him into the clinic. There is no hospital, no ambulance, no EMT's etc. Maybe a nurse or two scattered around, but good luck finding them in a pinch...your best bet is to not get sick or injured.