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Top 3 Things Your Healthcare Provider May Not be Telling You About Surgery Abroad
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/26/2017 12:11 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), across the US approximately 51.4 million inpatient surgeries are performed each year. And Reuters reports that the number of outpatient surgeries is pegged at about 57 million annually. Add it up, and the grand total is a staggering 108.4 million surgeries each year. For a country with a population of about 319 million, the sheer magnitude of surgical treatments is hard to comprehend.
However, despite the enormous number of surgeries that take place in hospitals across the country, the fact is that many healthcare providers are NOT providing patients with a complete, accurate picture of their options – especially when it comes to having surgery abroad.
Sometimes this lack of transparency and disclosure is due to a lack of knowledge (generally speaking healthcare providers are smart, but they’re not all-knowing!). And unfortunately, sometimes healthcare providers have a vested interested in withholding information about surgery abroad, simply because they don’t want to “lose the business”. That shouldn’t be a consideration, but we all know that it’s part of the equation for some healthcare providers (though not all of them!).
At SkyMedicus, we don’t believe that medical tourism or having surgery abroad is for everyone. However, we DO believe that every patient has the right to be informed, so they can make a decision based on all of the facts.
With this in mind, below we highlight 3 things your healthcare provider may not be telling you about surgery abroad, but that you deserve and need to know:
If you’ve been led to believe that surgery in the US is always based on a fixed cost, and as such you’ll know precisely how much it will cost before you head to the hospital -- unfortunately, you’ve been misled.
According to a survey by Consumer Reports, surprise medical bills are very common in the US. In fact, between 2013 and 2015, an estimated 1 in 3 American adults with private health insurance were victims of a surprise medical bill!
However, when you book your surgery abroad the total fee for all services and specialists will be clearly itemized in your quote. You’ll have the cost certainty and peace of mind you need and deserve.
Some healthcare providers passionately point out that the US has high quality standards, while other countries fall short. However, this view simply doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
As reported by Scientific American, the Journal of Patient Safety has reported that in 2014 between 210,000 and 440,000 hospitalized patients suffered some type of preventable harm that didn’t just make them more ill: it killed them. As shocking as it seems, that makes medical errors the third leading cause of death in America, behind only heart disease and cancer.
Alternatively, many surgeons abroad are highly qualified, experienced and have world-class credentials, including affiliations with global and in some cases US-based medical associations (such as many doctors in Costa Rica).
Some patients desperately want to get surgery abroad – either because they can’t afford surgery in the US, or they don’t want to spend weeks or months on a waiting list – but they’re reluctant to move forward, because they’re “warned” by some members of the healthcare community that their local doctor won’t be supportive.
In most cases, this is simply not the case. In fact, your local doctor will likely be supportive of your decision to get surgery abroad, because her or his number one focus is on your health and wellbeing. This support will include communicating with your surgeon abroad, sharing (with your permission) medical your records and data, and helping you recover upon your return.
Contact the SkyMedicus team today to learn more about what your healthcare provider may not be telling you about surgery abroad – but what you need and deserve to know, so that you can make an informed decision that’s right for YOU! Your consultation with us is free, and there’s never an obligation to book your trip with us.
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Topics: Surgery Abroad