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5 Best Medical Tourism Tips for Planning Your Trip
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 2:38 PM | Last Modified: August 2, 2017
As noted by the Medical Tourism Association, while the primary reason that people choose to have treatment abroad is to save money. However, once they leave home for the airport, their focus and attention wisely shifts to having a safe experience from beginning to end.
With this in mind, below are 5 of the best medical tourism tips for planning your trip, and ensuring that it meets your high expectations for safety and success – or better yet, exceeds them!
1. Communicate with prospective doctors or dentists
Before you book your treatment and choose your destination, communicate with prospective doctors to learn about their approach, experience, credentials, specializations, and so on. Use this opportunity to have your key questions answered, and confirm that you feel comfortable and confident.
2. Plan all of the logistics
Once you’ve booked your trip, plan all of the logistics – right down to the last detail. This includes everything from transfers to/from the airport, ground transportation abroad, accommodations, taking care of medical/dental bills, and so on. While flexibility and spontaneity can be find for a typical vacation, when it comes to a medical tourism trip structure and scheduling are your friends!
3. Prepare for recovery and after-care
If you’re heading abroad for tests or scans, then there likely won’t be any recovery or after-care process. However, if you’re having knee surgery, hip replacement surgery, bariatric surgery, cosmetic surgery or any other major treatment, then there will be a covalence period. It’s important to know what the road ahead will look like after you return home, and what you need to do to enjoy a safe, speedy recovery.
4. If possible, bring a companion (or have one join you)
While it’s not always an option given schedules and costs, if possible consider bringing a companion with you. This person can help with small, but important tasks like making sure that your prescriptions are filled/refilled, as well as providing emotional support – which is something that all patients can benefit from, regardless of whether they have treatment at home or abroad. If bringing a companion isn’t feasible due to scheduling conflicts, look into having someone fly in a few days later and join you. Just be sure to check with your hospital’s visiting schedule. Just like the U.S., for patient safety and comfort there are strict visiting hours.
5. Coordinate with your hotel and/or airline
Depending on the type of treatment that you’ll have done, it may be wise or in some cases necessary to coordinate with your hotel and/or airline. For example, if you’re heading abroad for bariatric surgery (a.k.a. weight loss surgery), then speaking with your airline to see if you can get preferred seating (i.e. more room, closer to the flight attendant station) is advised.
At SkyMedicus, we cover ALL of the above for our clients. For example, you can communicate with prospective doctors or dentists through our secure, HIPAA-certified web dashboard. We also plan all of the logistics right down to the last detail – including paying the bill on your behalf, so you don’t have to worry about currency exchanges.
To learn more, contact our team today. If medical tourism is right for you, we can help you enjoy a safe, successful trip! For more information on how to have the best experience, download our FREE eBook:
Topics: Medical Tourism