Medical Tourism Safety
While the majority of medical tourism vacations are trouble-free, but there are still a few risks unique to this type of health care. The most important thing is to do plenty of research prior to making a decision about what country to choose and which hospital is best suited to treat your condition. The internet is an excellent source of feedback and general information.
How to protect yourself
The biggest risk with medical travel is that if something goes wrong, most countries offer you very little legal recourse. Compensation for malpractice is rarely available in developing countries, so it’s worth exploring each country’s rules regarding this issue. If you hire a medical travel company, make sure they are experts in the legal responsibility aspect of the trip.
There are hundreds of hospitals and clinics around the world that cater to medical tourists. The best ones are easy enough to identify when doing your research. Even if you plan to hire a medical travel company to manage the logistics of the trip, be sure and have your own hospital choice in mind. Check if the hospital has JCI accreditation and where the doctors at the facility studied medicine.
Read online blogs and review feedback from other patients. This provides a valuable insight behind the promotional advertising that glosses over most hospitals. There are dozens of websites dedicated to this topic, especially since the internet is the most valuable tool you have to do background research on each hospital.
After you’ve successfully completed your medical procedure you need to be careful about traveling too soon. This is the main reason to take a nice long break on the beach and let your body recuperate. Flying too soon can be dangerous, with the combination of altitude and prolonged sitting increasing the risk of blood clots. A week or more of rest and relaxation after treatment is recommended before returning home, depending on the procedure you have undergone.
Be sure that the hospital you are treated at is prepared to give you adequate follow-up care. The medical tourism industry is big business, and some hospitals treat you more like a number than a human. Get the hospital’s full list of medical care and post-operative follow-up before committing to anything.
A rarer problem could arise from the different kinds of disease prevalent in developing countries, especially tropical ones. Your immune system may not be ready to deal with new bacteria, so be sure and choose a hospital known for its hygiene, and keep yourself in a clean, sanitary environment while recovering.
Finally, while you are recovering during the vacation part of your trip, don’t be tempted to get too adventurous. Take it slow and easy, and follow the advice of your doctor. Many patients make the mistake of pushing themselves too much, which can create complications.