How Medical Tourism benefits International Patients

Arthur Eugene Medical Tourism

Types of Treatment and Procedures

Patients can benefit from a  wide variety of treatments and procedures in  the following categories

  • Medical – includes Oncology, Ophthalmology, Gynaecology, Spine Surgery, Cardiology, Bariatric Surgery
  • Dental – Implant Surgery 
  • Cosmetic – Liposuction

In addition to this, Arthur Eugene offers preventive Annual Wellness Checkup programs which includes holistic and Wellness services. This is offered to Employer sponsored groups as well as individuals

The Best Countries for Medical Tourism

While initially conceptualized by Western countries in Europe and North America, competition from developing countries like India, Thailand and Turkey has globalized the industry, providing more opportunities for patients to choose the best services and locations that meet their needs and budget.

Restrictions to Travel

Medical Tourism is an open market industry and generally available to anyone who desires the service, as long as they fulfill the immigration requirements of their destination country 

Immigration requirements will usually require that patients provide;

  • A passport from their home country
  • A medical/tourist visa to the destination country
  • Correspondence from the medical establishment as proof of service
  • Other requirements may apply depending on the destination country.

How Patients Benefit

Immediate TreatmentAssuming you meet travel and immigration requirements, you can get quick and immediate treatment in days or weeks.

High Quality Care and ExpertiseThe chance of a successful outcome from your treatment is significantly higher, owing to the high quality healthcare, expertise and  facilities abroad

Privacy – You are guaranteed privacy and anonymity from prying eyes in familiar surroundings, if you wish to keep your treatment private

AffordabilityComprehensively, you would pay less In the long run, especially if your medical package offers post treatment care that extends to your own country. Research has shown that care continuity is just as important as the treatment itself.

Opportunity to Travel and ExploreApart from receiving treatment, traveling abroad provides exposure to other cultures, experiences and knowledge, including technology and healthcare standards which can enhance your knowledge and appreciation of medicine, health and  lifestyle beyond the doctor’s office.

Risks to Consider

Communication and Cultural Barrier
First, appreciate the challenges involved in residing in a foreign country where things may be completely different from your comprehension. Even a few weeks may require contemplation and some psychological adjustments.

Understanding the Medical System
You should expect the medical system in the destination country to differ from yours, so working with us to learn how the US healthcare system  is organized  will help you understand patient navigation and care before you get there.

Coordination and Logistics 
How you get around after you arrive is just as important as your treatment, and may involve 

  • Coordinating trips
  • Arranging pick- ups and drop-offs 
  • Identifying the correct names of places without duplication mistakes
  • Ensure security and efficiency of the service without being manipulated

Coordinating your itinerary between treatment and personal life could present an underappreciated challenge that you may want to plan before you embark on your journey. Our Concierge Service will act on your behalf, allowing you to focus on your treatment and recovery without distraction. Any service that omits this provision should trigger a red flag in your mind.

Care Quality
The plan is to complete treatment within your length of stay, which can put pressure on the quality of care, especially in unforeseen circumstances. These situations are often factored into your itinerary beforehand to minimize, but not eliminate the worry.

Housing
Post treatment, and especially after surgical procedures, that require doctor or specialist follow-up, you may have the options of recuperating at the hospital or at home. If the latter is the case, then it becomes even more critical that arrangements are made with the patient’s recuperation in mind, with comfort and proximity to urgent amenities as a priority.       

Insurance
In case of emergencies, medical or not, there is the issue of insurance – if you should get it, when, and which one; all pertinent questions to consider to mitigate risk while traveling abroad for treatment

Costs
While pricing for most aspects of your medical tourism package will be fixed, it is best to anticipate a range rather than a fixed price for your entire journey in order to accommodate any unforeseen circumstances and variable components of the package. Consider using a credit card and Insurance where applicable 

After Care
Eventually your treatment will be over and you will leave for your home country, where post treatment care will be vital. If your home country does not have standardized after care for your specific situation, ensure there is some virtual correspondence with the medical facility or its representative for care continuity.

When to Consider Medical Travel

Conclusion

Obviously, for all the advantages of getting treatment abroad, these are real challenges to be considered and addressed before committing to a service or travel. 

You can either conduct all the  research yourself or use a third party service or concierge that will manage your itinerary and act on your behalf while you focus on your treatment and recovery. Learn how our Concierge Service can help International patients

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