Planning an overseas trip for medical treatment might seem like a daunting task for a medical tourist. To ease the trouble, here is a guide to help you plan your trip that makes sure you leave your home country being well-informed and prepared for the trip abroad.
The first step for a patient is to do a thorough research on which country do they want to go to for their medical treatment. Patients should do research on the cost comparison between procedures in different countries. A benchmark of a difference of US $6,000 in treatment cost (between home country and destination country) is recommended for the patient to save money.
Different countries are popular for certain specialities. For example, India is a top destination for patients seeking orthopedics and cardiology while Thailand is popular for Dentistry and Cosmetic treatment.
A prospective medical tourist should do a thorough research on a hospital before confirming his/her medical trip. It is good idea to contact the hospital and inquire about the following:
You should compare the facilities of different hospitals and how well equipped they are. You should also lay emphasis on the doctors that are employed there and check their profiles.
Around the globe, there are a lot of different standards for medical schools and hospitals. You can check whether the hospital you're preferring is accredited or not. Many accredited hospitals have doctors that studied and practised in the best hospitals in the world. Popular and reputed accreditation for hospitals are Joint Commission International (JCI), Accreditation Canada International (ACI), Australian Council for Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI). More information on Accreditation.
Another aspect you should cover in your research is the place you'll be staying at. There are hospitals that keep their patients until they're completely recovered and there are hospitals that discharge the patients as soon as the critical recovery is done. Some provide lodging for post operative care in nearby hotels/resorts.
It is a good idea to inquire to check with the hospital the details of your lodging before booking your trip. In any case, you should be well-informed about the nearby lodgings within your budget.
You should insure yourself medically so that the insurance company covers most of your expenses in case there are complications. Many overseas hospitals require that you get medically insured in your domestic country. You can check the different types of medical insurance available for medical tourists.
In the end, the only thing left to list down is that you should plan with a cool head and not panic with the amount of research and the number of decisions. It gets quite easy once you become confident enough through your research.