While considering leaving abroad for medical treatment, it is very important to fully evaluate the benefits Vs risks of medical tourism. Your health is involved in the decision and hence it becomes a decision that carries high importance. Here are some risks and benefits of medical tourism listed for you.
Risks associated with Medical Tourism
Medical provider’s reputation
The first and major concern when considering medical travel outside of home is the safety of the procedure as well as the capabilities and reputation of the medical provider. Precaution and care should be taken not to select any unqualified physicians.
To minimize this risk, always research the medical provider’s qualification and online reputation. Check the medical center’s affiliations and accreditations from recognized organizations. Also make sure you read patient reviews and online testimonials about the medical facility that is offering abroad treatment to you. Ask for a free teleconference with the treating physician prior to scheduling the in person appointment with him/her.
It is also very essential that you and your treating physician and facility speak the same language, for you need to communicate pain and the treatment effects clearly to your doctor and his staff to get adequate care.
This risk can be mitigated by the use of medical tourism facilitators who will help you connect with trusted medical providers, medical facilities, accommodation as well as travel arrangements who speak your language.
Adequate resting time post surgery
Ensure that you have adequate resting time and healing time before heading to traveling back home. Flying too soon after surgery can result in complications such as blood clots, muscle pain/cramps etc., Doctors recommend at least a week’s time of recovery before proceeding with travel via air.
Always make sure you have consulted about resting/healing time post surgery with your treating physician before making return travel arrangements.
Medical Tourism – Benefits
The most obvious benefit of medical tourism is reduced treatment costs. You can get high quality medical procedures or surgeries done at a fraction of cost that it would take if done in the United States. A medical procedure done outside home also provides a great vacation opportunity that gives the perfect relaxation that you need after a surgery. The recovery process can be stress free when you are resting outside home as you do not need to worry about day to day chores, home cleaning and running errands or having to cook your meals and even cleaning up after cooking.
The International Board of Medicine and Surgery (IBMS) certifies Physicians, Surgeons and Dentists, Centers of Healthcare Excellence as well as Other Healthcare Professionals throughout the world. IBMS plays a prominent role in connecting patients with distinguished healthcare providers worldwide. The IBMS website, ibms.us offers a comprehensive search functionality wherein you can search for a physician or center of healthcare excellence based out of any country and any specialty. In essence, the IBMS brings the world to your doorstep, wherein it provides the general public with access to cost effective and trusted solutions to all illnesses, injuries and surgeries.