If you are considering going abroad to a foreign country to have medical work performed, one of the foremost questions on your mind is probably, “Is it safe?” The short answer is yes, but it depends on how you go about your journey. Here are 3 ways you can ensure your own safety when practicing medical tourism.
Find a Reputable Medical Facility
The facility you choose makes all the difference in how safe your medical tourism experience will be. There is no shortage of disreputable facilities that will pretend legitimacy then provide low-quality medical work or have predatory financial practices. This is why when you engage in medical tourism, you need to do substantial research to determine where to receive care. We recommend looking at facilities with JCI accreditation or ones recommended by the Medical Tourism Association and other professional organizations. You can trust these resources to help you find a safe hospital or facility to undergo your medical tourism treatment.
Bring a Travel Companion
When you’re in an unfamiliar country that you may never have visited before, you will probably feel more comfortable with a companion at your side. Your companion can not only make your recovery more enjoyable, but they can also keep an eye on the proceedings and perhaps even speak to the medical staff for you. You can make traveling easier, safer and more enjoyable by going with a friend or family member!
Get Properly Insured
If you’ve done any research into medical tourism, you’ll know that elective medical procedures performed abroad are typically not covered under your regular health insurance – if you have insurance at all. So when we say to get properly insured before undertaking medical tourism, we are not talking about your typical medical insurance coverage. Insurance for medical tourists is designed to protect you against financial loss in the event that you experience complications. There is also coverage available for your travel companion!