Some Answers for you...
By now you might have a million questions in mind. We understand planning a medical procedure abroad can seem daunting and the amount of information overwhelming. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers.
What is medical tourism?
Medical tourism can be defined as the process of traveling outside of your country, city, town, etc. of residence for the purpose of receiving medical care. This decision is often based on receiving equal to or greater care than in the country of origin, affordability, better access to care or a higher level of quality of care.
What is a Medical Tourism Facilitator?
A Medical Tourism Facilitator, or “healthcare facilitator” is an independent company that helps coordinate a patient's trip to another country for medical care. The purpose is to function as a intermediary or liaison between patients and medical care providers. Typically, medical tourism facilitators serve to educate potential patients about the various medical facilities and physicians. They also manage the flow of information and coordination of services between patients and providers. **MEDICAL TOURISM FACILITATORS ARE NOT HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS**
Why should I consider medical or surgical procedures outside the US?
The costs of the medical procedures in the countries that we work with are generally 50 to 80 percent less expensive than the same procedures in the US. This cost differential enables the patient the opportunity to experience a unique destination country, recover in a 4 - 5-star resort, and then return home having spent less than the procedure alone in the US.
Why is medical care so much cheaper in certain countries?
- Cost of medical supplies/equipment/medications
- Exchange rates
- Lower cost of labor
- Lower government taxes
- Less bureaucracy
- Less administrative paper shuffling
- Little to no emergency room bad debt
- Lower real estate values
What happens if there are complications? Do you offer insurance?
A legitimate concern that most people have when considering medical care abroad is legal recourse in the event that something goes wrong. However, we recommend patients to obtain a complications insurance policy that covers liabilities such as:
- What happens if something goes wrong while you are having a surgery?
- Who will pay for the additional medical attention a patient might need?
- What happen if something goes wrong when patient comes back? Among other questions that might arise.
Our suggested insurance broker is, Global Protective Solutions. We are happy to introduce you here.
What happens when I get home?
Overseas works closely with your home referring physician to make sure they have the medical records from your hospital or doctor abroad. Communication is established between physicians in order to best facilitate any follow up treatment you might need. Continuity of care is important: you, your referring physician, and your treating physician will all be engaged.
Do you offer any kind of financing?
Can I take a family member/friend/ companion with me when I am traveling?
Yes, you can. And we encourage you to do it! Some patients travel with a care companion, often with a friend or a family member. Remember that Overseas Medical Travel will be available throughout your medical journey. When we discuss specifics of your travel and cost, this is factored into your personalized medical travel plan.
Language barriers/ translation problems
The department heads, main physicians, and nurses speak fluent English. If you prefer a language other than English, we will work to arrange a translator. Remember that we also offer local guides and on-site concierge staff to help you.
What Countries do you offer your services in and why did you select them as your medical tourism destinations?
Our current healthcare partners are located in Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Island, Chile, Croatia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, & United Kingdom. We typically look for healthcare providers which have and maintain major accreditations such as the Joint Commission International accreditation. We also review access to international airports, experience handling international patients, and regularly reported on outcomes.
Have a different question?
Request a callback with one of our medical travel coordinators for a no obligation assessment and answers to all the questions you might have. We are here to ease your mind.