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5 Questions to Ask Medical Tourism Companies Before Booking a Procedure
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 12:29 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
Across the country, a growing number of people are taking advantage of medical tourism in order to save thousands – or in most cases, tens of thousands – of dollars in overall costs, avoid waiting lists, and enjoy what amounts to a free vacation in a desirable destination.
And it’s not just individuals and families who are looking at hospitals and clinics abroad vs. close to home. As reported by NBC.com, more and more insurance companies are exploring medical tourism as part of their package offerings.
If you’re thinking of reaping the rewards of heading to Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Belgium, or dozens of other countries that cater to medical tourists, below we highlight 5 questions to ask prospective medical tourism countries to ensure that your trip is safe, successful and stress-free:
1. Are you specialists?
You should steer well clear of medical tourism companies that “dabble” in helping people book their surgery, treatment or procedure. There are too many logistical details to stay on top of, and the landscape is always changing to reflect new standards, legislation, regulations, best practices, and so on. Only companies that specialize in medical tourism should be considered. After all, would you want to book your procedure with a surgeon who fixes cars or paints houses “on the side” to make some extra money?
2. Are you experienced?
As the old but wise saying goes: there’s no substitute for experience. Unfortunately, because of the growing popularity of medical tourism, a number of companies are cropping up –not because they’re interested in helping people, but because they want to make a buck (or rather, lots of bucks!) and then focus on something else more profitable down the road. The right medical tourism company for you is one that has proven experience, and is ready to respond professionally and properly to any scenario that may arise.
3. Is your pricing transparent?
Many medical tourism companies have hidden fees, or demand a “consulting charge” in order to provide you with guidance. This is a red flag! A credible medical tourism company will NOT charge you anything unless and until you decide to book your trip through them. What’s more, their fee will be clearly and transparently listed in your invoice, and based on a percentage that your hospital or clinic abroad is charging.
4. Will you help me choose the right hospital and surgeon (or doctor, dentist, etc.?)
Any prospective medical tourism company must do more than just handle the logistics of your trip. They must provide you with guidance to help you choose the right hospital and health care experts (e.g. surgeon, doctor, dentist, etc.). This help includes giving you access to a database of professionals, providing you with insight on various countries and locations, and so on.
5. Will you help me while I’m abroad?
If you need any advice, guidance or advocacy while you’re abroad, your medical tourism company must offer 24/7 concierge care. This isn’t necessarily because something may go wrong. On the contrary, you may be having such a nice time that you want to extend your trip by a few days. Or perhaps you want to book an additional treatment or procedure. Regardless of the reason, you want to know that your medical tourism company is just a call or email away.
At SkyMedicus, we proudly deliver ALL of the above. Specifically: we’re experienced specialists, our pricing is completely transparent, access to our database of world-class medical experts and hospitals is free, we’re happy to provide guidance and advice, and we offer 24/7 concierge care before, during and after your trip.
To learn more, contact us today and take advantage of your free, no obligation consultation. For more information about medical tourism and factors you need to consider to have a successul and safe experience, download our FREE eBook:
Topics: Medical Tourism