Travelling abroad for treatment and surgeries can be fairly an intimidating ordeal. Medical tourism companies are regarded as fairly infallible with concerned agencies and authorities who are ready to help the travelling patient at all points of time. Nonetheless there are certain things you should be wary about. In this post, I’ve complied a list of six questions that you should definitely ask your doctor before travelling abroad for your medical treatment and surgeries.
What Precautions Must I Take Before Going Abroad?
The irony in travelling abroad for medical treatment and falling prey to a local vector borne disease is cruel. Why do I say so? Its because popular destinations such as Brazil, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and other tropical countries are prone to the outbreaks of vector borne diseases such as Lyme disease, dengue, malaria, etc. Take necessary precautions after careful consultation with your doctor. Other threats such as cholera, hepatitis and meningitis are among others that must be acknowledged and addressed by using the vaccines if available. You should check out the CDC page that provides the reader with a detailed list of vaccines you should take before going to a country of your choice for medical trip.
What Are The Credentials Of The Doctor I Am Consulting Abroad?
Cross check your documents, verify your credibility and ask for a formal referral from your consulting doctor. As a patient, you have every right to ask for concrete verification from the hospital abroad about the credentials of the referred doctor(s) including their qualifications, education and practice history. Ensure that your consulting doctor at home does this for you as he/she is better informed about the same. Although the medical tourism network is incredibly safe and managed punctiliously but one can never be too careful.
How Much Is The Treatment Going To Cost Me?
Though doctors might not be able to answer the inquiries about finances straight-away, yet it is prudent request to him/her to help in acquire a properly charted out finance plan from the hospital. In foreign countries finances can prove to be tricky affairs and you will need all the help you can muster in this regard such as taxes, exchange rates, visa related expenditures, etc. Given the transparency, most hospitals associated with the medical tourism network quote that this shouldn’t be really difficult.
What Are The Pre-Treatment Procedures And Formalities?
Does your doctor know your complete medical history? Ask him/her thoroughly about the documents and the medical records that you will need to procedure for him/her there. Often the essential tests are done at the hospital itself but any documents regarding the history of illnesses and family history is significant. So inquire about all the pre-treatment formalities at depth and ensure you run over a check-list before stepping out for medical trip abroad.
What Exactly Is the Treatment I’m Undergoing?
You must know what you are getting into in its entirety. Ask your doctor to explain your case and his approach to it thoroughly without excluding the possible outcomes, risks and previous similar cases, if any. In case you find yourself incapable to understand the procedure you are about to undergo then get a third-party often a trusted local doctor involved.
What The Follow-Up Program Consists For My Case?
Most hospitals have a stellar follow-up policy and it is vital to ask about the post-treatment procedure so that you can chart out a timeline for future action in this regard. Ask your doctor about the variables involved in the treatment and the immediate post-operative care. Be aware of all the possible outcomes of the treatment beforehand.