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How Safe is Medical Tourism?


Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/21/2017 12:50 PM | Last Modified: August 2, 2017


A retired judge had surgery for diverticulitis, which is a digestive disease of the large intestine. However, the surgeon left a rotting sponge inside his abdomen that caused excruciating pain, and endangered his life. 

Like thousands of others, a little boy had a wandering right eye. But what made his situation unique – for all of the wrong reasons – is that the surgeon cut into the wrong eye. 

A woman had surgery to remove an ovary tumor. However, a leaking gas vaporizer meant she received only 5 percent of the anesthesia that she needed – which caused her to wake up mid-operation and suffer agonizing pain. 

What do these tales of misery and medical errors have in common? If you’re thinking that they must have happened abroad since the US healthcare system is “among the best in the world” – then sorry, but think again. All of the above happened right here at home; and it’s just the tip of the iceberg, too. In fact, a Journal of Patient Safety study revealed that as many as 440,000 patients die every year from preventable medical errors here in the US – which is four times the number previously believed. 

Finding Safe, Quality Healthcare - Here or Abroad

The reason we bring these stories and statistics up is not to frighten or shock anyone into fearing for their safety – or even their lives – when they enter the hospital to undergo what is an inherently risky, but nevertheless routine treatment or surgery. Rather, it’s to highlight that the belief that healthcare here at home is somehow qualitatively safer than some other countries around the world is simply unfounded. 

Medical tourism safety as well as local healthcare safety is dependant on your research and due diligence. Whether you’re seeking treatment at the hospital across the street – or on the other side of the world – you still need to do your homework. This involves: 

  • Seeking care from qualified and licensed doctors who are renowned in their specializations – not just in their local area, but nationally and even internationally.
  • Seeking care in quality assured hospitals that meet work class standards for safety and patient support.
  • Having the opportunity to directly and privately communicate with your doctor (or potential doctor) to ask questions, share health records, and so on. 

Ultimately, you want to ensure that you have ALL of the information you need to make an informed decision about your health. And that’s precisely what the SkyMedicus team does to ensure that your medical tourism experience is safe. 

So, the next time you wonder “how safe is medical tourism?”, remember that this inquiry is no different than “how safe is treatment at my local hospital?” The answer depends on whether you can connect with a qualified doctor and hospital, and feel totally comfortable, confident and cared for. 

To learn more about experiencing all of the above – and ensuring that you have a safe medical tourism experience – contact the team at SkyMedicus today. Or sign-up right now for free and start browsing our global database of rigorously pre-screened world leaders in medicine.

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