Going overseas for surgical treatment can be overwhelming for anybody. After all, it’s not like going to a hospital down the road where you have before and know all the doctors and nurses. To be successful in your low-cost high-quality medical treatment, there is a step by step process that you must follow to gain confidence in your decision, get the right care and save money.
STEP 1: FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE TREND OF MEDICAL TOURISM
Find out why everybody is raving about it and half the world for it. Learn from the experience of others. Read news and articles on the subject Medical Condition.
STEP 2: RESEARCH ON THE MEDICAL PROCEDURE
Find out all you can about medical procedures in questions – problems with solves, follow-up care needed, physical therapy required, etc. This will help you clear 3 doubts: is the procedure right for your condition; are you the right candidate for the procedure; and you should go abroad for it.
STEP 3: FIND OUT IF MEDICAL TOURISM IS WHAT YOU WANT
Medical tourism is not always a good choice for non-emergency medical treatments. Sometimes transportation costs may be out of the possible savings achievable abroad. In some cases, the time required for the surgery abroad may be too much for you to spare. Or, the surgery you need is not available abroad with a reputable health care provider.
STEP 4: LEARN ABOUT MEDICAL TOURISM DESTINATIONS
Some world class names for world-class orthopedics and yet others for cosmetic procedures. So make your selection wisely. Sometimes distance can also play an important role in your decision-making, like in the case of small dental jobs. You should also prepare yourself for culture differences.
STEP 5: LEARN ABOUT INTERNATIONAL FACILITIES AND SURGEONS
When researching on any health care provider try to find answers to the following:
Does the hospital or clinic employ the latest equipments and technology? Do they have expertise in the medical procedure you are seeking? What accreditations and awards do they have? Are the surgeons qualified enough? Where did they receive their education and training?
Answering these questions will give you a standard of quality of the provider.
STEP 6: ARRANGE ALL YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS
You will need them at the pre-consultation with your overseas surgeon as well as when you go abroad for surgery. Depending on the condition you are treating, you need medical records: X-Rays, X-Ray reports, MRI’s, histories, photographs, immunization records, prescriptions, etc …
STEP 7: REQUEST AND COMPARE QUOTES
Costs of health care and provider to provider. So request for quotes and compare them. Your selection of a particular provider and country should be based not just on low cost but also on quality as well as distance.
STEP 8: CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE FOR COVERAGE
With the numerous benefits of medical tourism offers, today some insurance companies have medical tourism plans. So, if you are covered under an overseas medical treatment plan, your insurer might cover your expenses in full or in part. So check with your health insurance company for coverage details.