Medical Tourism – Planning your Trip
In 2016 alone, over 140,000 British citizens travelled abroad for medical treatment. Whether for cosmetic surgery, fertility treatments, or surgeries and medicines that were inaccessible at home, this meant that there was a large number of people travelling abroad for medical tourism reasons.
This guide is for those planning to travel for medical tourism. Here we help you consider what you need to prepare and other things to consider before medical tourism. From planning your trip to recovery options, we’ve got you covered.
Planning your trip
When planning your trip for a medical procedure, it is important to think ahead. The last thing you want when you are recovering is to have something come up that could have been dealt with before you left.
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Accommodation is similarly important. You will want to make sure that you are staying somewhere in the vicinity of the practice where you will be getting your surgery or treatment. Try to find somewhere quiet where you can recover in peace. Another good idea is to try and find somewhere, where the food will be prepared for you. Reducing the need to go out and about.
What to Prepare
Make sure you have prepared any and all documentation that you might require for your surgery. Whether it be insurance documents required for the surgery itself, or documentation of payment, you will want to have all your papers ready to go. This is the type of situation, where you don’t want to be stressing about finding a printer or internet café to get access to your important papers.
If you are going to be doing any sort of facial surgery, make sure that you have the required papers informing border officials of potential changes to your appearance. This is especially important if you are travelling through passport-controlled borders.
Many clinics and surgery practices have places that they recommend recovering at. This could be a great choice for those that are travelling on their own.
An alternative is to travel with a friend or family member who can help take care of you while you are recovering.
In some cases, the practices themselves provide a recovery room for you that you are able to book in advance.
As previously stated, accommodation preparations become very important for these types of trips as you will not want to be worrying about where you will be staying post-treatment.
So there you have it. A brief guide on what to consider before travelling for medical tourism. While there are many factors to consider, the most important thing is to make sure you do your research. Not just about the clinic or practice where you will be going for the medical tourism, but also for things like documentation for returning, accommodation, and recovery options.
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