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Medical Tourism Trip Checklist: What to Plan

Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 10:20 AM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017

If you’re considering medical tourism for dental care, weight loss surgery, hip replacement surgery and the list of treatments and procedures goes on, then you’re definitely not alone!

According to research by Patients Beyond Borders, the size of the worldwide medical tourism market is between a whopping 45.5 and 72 billion. And each year, an estimated 1.4 million Americans head abroad to Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, Singapore, and dozens of other popular destinations so they can get and stay healthy -- and save tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

However, before you head abroad and enjoy of the cost and care benefits of medical tourism, you obviously want to plan everything so that your experience is safe, stress-free and successful. To help make that happen, here is a simple checklist that covers what you need to plan: 

  1. Your Surgery or Treatment

While you certainly want to save money, your primary goal is to get the world-class surgery or treatment you want or need. As such, your plan should start by researching various doctors and hospitals (or clinics/practices of you’re having scans done or dental work). Once you’ve identified a shortlist of potential doctors/destinations, make sure you contact them to learn more about their background and experience, and have all of your questions answered clearly and thoroughly. You should also involve your local doctor in this process and learn how they will play a role in coordinating your care before and after your treatment. 

  1. Costs and Fees

Just like here at home, treatment costs abroad vary on what is being done, how long you’ll need to stay in the hospital and/or in a rehabilitation facility, the kind of medication you need, and so on. For example, a dental crown can cost as little as $200 abroad (compared to $1000 in the U.S.), while bariatric surgery can cost $10,000 abroad (compared to $30,000 in the U.S.).

As such, you want to do your research and get a clear, reliable quote from a prospective doctor/hospital, so that you can see both how much you’ll pay, and also how much you’ll save by going abroad. For example, a New York Times article highlighted how a Colorado resident in need of hip replacement surgery paid a just $13,360 to have the surgery performed in Belgium – including airfare and an extra week’s stay in rehab. The same surgery at home would have cost him $65,000. And that didn’t even include surgeon’s fees!

  1. Logistics

Last but certainly not least, you definitely need to plan all of the logistics of your trip. These are the little details that can easily get overlooked, but are essential when it comes to ensuring that your experience is safe and successful. For example, you need to know how you’ll get to and from the airport, how you’ll manage transportation abroad, where you’ll be staying, how you’ll be paying your bill (e.g. what amounts, what currency, etc.), and other issues related to recovery (i.e. where you’ll stay, how any accompanying caregivers can help/visit, etc.).

Learn More

If all of the above planning seems like a lot of work – and perhaps not a task that you’re eager to undertake, especially since your focus is on your health – then simply give the SkyMedicus team a call. We’ll answer your questions, and give you free access to our database of world-class doctors, dentists, surgeons, and other certified and licensed healthcare professionals around the world.

And if you decide to book your medical tourism trip with us, we’ll handle ALL of the logistics – including paying the bill on your behalf, so you don’t have to deal with currency exchange. It’s just one of the details that we cover for our clients, and we’d be happy to be part of your medical tourism success story, too.

Contact us to learn more. Your consultation with us is free. For more information about medical tourism and how to have a succesful and safe trip, download our FREE eBook: 

Download our free eBook on the 10 things to know about Medical Tourism

Topics: Medical Tourism

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