Choose the right medical provider
As a potential patient and traveller it is important that you may do some necessary home work before you set out on your journey. Do research on your options in order to choose the right doctor and medical facility that fits your needs and budget. Failure to do so may lead you to an unpleasant medical tourism experience.
Don’t be afraid or shy
Don’t be afraid to ask for information about the doctor, whom you are going to meet, such as his experience, achievements etc., that will help in your decision making process. Most hospitals will be happy to provide this information. As a travelling patient, it is important that you have as much information as possible in order to make a decision that will be in your best interest.
Bring a companion
Bringing along a companion is always recommended. Companions can provide much needed physical and emotional support, especially, if you are undergoing a procedure that will leave you debilitated for any length of time.
Travel comfortably after surgery
Depending on the type of surgery you have undergone, it may be wise to travel in first or business class. This is especially true for orthopedic procedures such as hip and knee replacements, cardiac surgery, and neurosurgery – where space and the possibility to stretch your legs will reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis and allow for a much more comfortable flight. It is also advisable to travel light, particularly if you are traveling alone. You don’t want to be dragging a heavy suitcase after a delicate surgery.
Give yourself extra time
Plan your trip so that you have a few extra days to rest before going back to work or your regular routine. Not only will this give you time to fully recover, but it will provide you with a little buffer time in case you must spend more time in the hospital than you originally planned for. This is your unique opportunity to dedicate time to yourself and your healing process. Remember, mind, body and soul is important for a full recovery.
Keep your medical records and important contact information in your purse or hand luggage
Make sure to keep important information handy at all times. Be especially careful not to pack medical records, prescriptions or important contact information in checked baggage as these can be lost or temporarily delayed.
Network with other patients who have already been to the country for medical treatment
One of the best ways to prepare for your medical trip is to speak with past patients about their experience. Nothing beats listening to someone who has already been there and done that. Talk to your doctor or hospital contact and request to speak to past patients. In many cases they will have a list of patients who have granted authorization to be contacted from prospective patients. This information is invaluable for selecting your destination for medical or wellness care.
Get as much information about the medical procedure process as possible
- How much will the surgery or treatment cost?
- Who will pick you up at the airport?
- Who will be your main contact at the hospital or clinic?
- How many appointments you will need?
- How long you will be in the hospital?
- How will you get from the hospital to your hotel?
- How long is the post procedure recuperation period
- Ask for a detailed schedule of tests and appointments,