The Minus Sides of Medical Tourism


by Nancy Wee - Date: 2007-08-03 - Word Count: 583 Share This!

Medical tourism is becoming an increasingly popular answer for people seeking medical care. Medical vacations in the past were mostly to have cosmetic treatments at a lower cost than it would have been locally. Currently, people are seeking lifesaving medical treatment in other countries. While this is often a good choice, there are drawbacks to the practice of medical tourism.

Shopping for the best doctor at the best price can be fairly easy when you are looking in your own neighborhood. You can drive over to the hospital or clinic and take a look around, make an appointment to meet the doctor and other staff, even meet others who have used the same provider to see what they have to say. When the facility is in another country it is more difficult to do this. People who are interested in medical tourism should take time to find out about the procedure and the health care provider before having any treatments done. With the World Wide Web it is possible to search for pros and cons of just about any facility world wide. Remember not to stop at the information given to you by the provider, look for information from former patients in blogs, join a medical tourism forum and ask questions.

Make sure you have looked into what your insurance policy will cover while you are out of the country. Especially if cost is the reason you are considering medical tourism. While some procedures are covered outside of your country, not all will be. You may still save money by getting care in another country, even if your insurance doesn't cover the procedure.

Legal recourse you may have while at home, you may not have available in another country. Malpractice laws that protect the patients are not the same from country to country. Most providers are insured by some form of malpractice insurance. Not all countries will give out large cash settlements when mistakes are made.

After surgery, you aren't going to want to travel back home alone. The cost of taking friends and family with you to another country is going to bring up the cost of your procedure. One way to minimize this is to have only one person go with you. Another is to schedule your surgery as part of a vacation you were going to go on already.

Many procedures require multiple follow up checks with the provider. You aren't going to want to go out of the country multiple times for this care. This can be dealt with a couple of ways. You could remain abroad until you have recovered from your treatment. This works best if you have a short recovery time and you want to go on vacation anyhow. You can recuperate while sightseeing. If you do not wish to remain away from home until you have finished recuperating, you can find a provider locally who is willing to take over care.

If you educate yourself about your diagnosis, the treatment available, and the choices you have available at home and abroad you are more likely to have positive results. This is true about any medical care. It is important for you to do your research before agreeing on any medical treatment at home or abroad.

Nancy Wee is dedicated in telling the world that Asia is THE place for medical tourism and the right place to come and seek medical help. See http://www.medical-travel-asia-guide.com for more details and information to help you make a wise medical decision.

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