Today, getting your medical treatments anywhere in this world has become easy and quite affordable due to the growth of medical tourism. There are lot of destinations wherein you can find a peaceful, relaxing and affordable medical treatments. Once you have finalized your destination, you have the tireless task to choose your hospital abroad. To make this task a bit easier for the medical tourism patients, Indian HealthGuru has drawn 7 step checklist to aid you in selecting a hospital abroad for your treatment and these include:
Search for accreditation of the hospital that you have planned to get your medical treatment with. Accredited hospitals have been evaluated by the international accredited bodies and then given the accreditation if they meet certain healthcare standards. The most popular reputed hospital accreditation include Joint Commission International (JCI), National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH), etc.
While researching, it is utmost important to consider the distance to the medical tourism destination. Though patient’s can benefit from going to a hospital abroad but air travel can complicate the condition. Consult with the local doctor regarding all the risks involved with air travel. The World Health Organization has a section dedicated on the health consideration for air travel. Usually, it is beneficial to choose your medical travel destination within closer distance which will reduce the cost and save you travelling long distance before and after the surgery.
The first thing to consider before choosing a hospital abroad is the expense of travel. Hence prepare detailed comparison costs between different hospitals. Search for developing country like India that have best facility at cost effective prices than the developed country in Europe or the USA. It is also vital to note that different hospitals within the same country can have widely different prices for the same procedures. Hence clarify the cost of your treatment with the hospital before booking your medical trip abroad.
Doctors and Hospital Staff
During the process of finalizing the hospital, it is best to start communicating with the hospital. Though most hospitals have doctor’s profiles being listed on their website, ask details about the doctor who will treat you. Check the profile regarding the doctor’s basic training qualification, the kind of experience he/she has in that medical field. Also inquire about the hospital staff and collect all the information before your final call.
During your research for the hospital, ask the hospital to provide the safety levels at the hospital. You should also check for the reviews, complaints and accidents about the hospital. Further, check for any information about any recent infection episodes as well as inspections by the regulatory bodies.
Before you finalize, check out information about the facilities that are provided by a particular hospital. Enquire whether the hospital provides airport pickup, the languages spoken by the hospital staff, whether the translators are available, if the hospital helps with arranging travel logistics for you, the kind of rooms available and are assigned to you. In case the cost is a consideration then definitely ask whether you have to pay extra to obtain certain facilities. Consider all the facilities and then make the final call to travel abroad for your medical treatment.
Medical Equipment and Technology
Without all the information related to the procedure that you want to get the medical treatments your checklist will remain incomplete. Ask the hospital whether they have any latest technologies or equipments available for that medical treatment and whether there are any types of methods of treatment available. Often a good hospital will always update its equipments with the new developments in the medical field.
Before zeroing in on a hospital abroad for your medical treatment, it is utmost important to ask which of the above seven points that matter the most to you. Often it is a trade-off between the different considerations such as cost savings, the most up and coming up medical technology available. Hence consider your priorities and use the above checklist to make an informed decision.