Choosing where to go can be tricky, but it’s usually a choice between luxury and convenience – make a holiday out of it and explore somewhere new or get it over and done with as quickly as possible.
Although the cost of the medical procedures should be significantly cheaper than what you’d expect to pay at home, there are of course the added costs associated with the ‘Tourism’ aspect. The following non-medical expenses should be considered:
Flight and accommodation;
Transfers to and from airport, hotel and hospital (often provided by the hospital);
Food and drinks;
Medication if not included in your quoted hospital fees;
The table shows the average cost savings of medical procedures of some popular countries relative to the US costs:
Thailand 50% - 75%
Singapore 25% - 40%
Malaysia 65% - 80%
India 65% - 90%
Mexico 40% - 65%
Brazil 20% - 30%
When considering an International Hospital for a serious medical procedure, checking its accreditations in key. Also, by choosing a hospital recommended by a third party Medical Tourism Company, you’re adding an extra layer of confidence, as these companies will only partner with the most reputable hospitals and clinics in each country.
Below are some important points to take into account when choosing a medical facility:
JCI Accreditation: JCI is the highest in International medical accreditation in the world. If a hospital or clinic is certified by the Joint Commission International (JCI), you’re guaranteed it will adhere to the same standards and practices of US certified hospitals;
Our List of JCI accredited medical facilitys [link to page of all JCI facilities]
Other international accreditation bodies like JCI, include:
International Organization for Standardization (ISO);
Accreditation Canada (CCHSA);
International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua);
Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS);
European Society for Quality in Healthcare (ESQH).
Much of this information should be provided to you by a Medical Tourism Company, but make sure of the following items:
Ensure there is no language barrier;
Where the doctor studied and the year of graduation;
The doctor’s internship and training place;
Local or international board certification.
More about checking out the doctor [link to Checks and Questions Hospital/Doctor]
Aftercare is an important component of every medical procedure. As a medical tourist, ensure you know the following:
The type of aftercare your chosen facility provides;
How long you will stay before returning home;
The availability of the aftercare medication prescribed in your home country;
Ease of contact with the doctor after returning home;
Requirements for return visits.
Learn more about aftercare [link to Aftercare]
Liability and insurance
Liability is a crucial consideration when it comes to choosing a medical tourism destination. Though medical tourism has big savings, there are still risks. Consider the following:
Does the healthcare provider in your destination country compensate victims for non-economic damages due to medical negligence? If yes, to what extend?
Does the doctor have a liability insurance policy?
Does your medical facility cover for malpractice? If yes, to what extent are the liabilities covered?