Tips for Receiving Medical Treatment Abroad

Tourist destinations around the globe such as Turkey, Croatia, Thailand and Argentina continue to offer increased options and opportunities to baby boomers and global travelers seeking quality of care, the newest in technologies and procedures in health tourism and surgery abroad, treatment abroad, and most importantly, affordable medical care to meet specific needs.

People from around the world are traveling to foreign destinations for:

  • Internationally recognized healthcare organization and delivery systems
  • Quality healthcare not available in their own country
  • The latest in technology, equipment and comprehensive care facilities
  • Access to affordable treatments and procedures
  • Availability of specialized surgical procedures and technologies

Medical services are available in:

  • Orthopedics
  • Spinal surgery
  • Weight loss and bariatric surgical procedures
  • Cancer care
  • Dental treatments
  • Lasik eye surgery
  • Stem cell therapies

What to Take With You

Documents should include but are not limited to:

  • Medical records – including recent treatments/procedures
  • List of medications – don’t forget to mention any allergies
  • Consultation or referrals from domestic health care provider
  • Detailed medical history – be prepared to answer questions regarding your social history and background.

Questions to Ask for Medical Travel Abroad Should Include:

  • Costs – what are the costs of a medical travel package (accommodations, lab fees, physical exams, consultations, procedure costs) during the stay.
  • Prepayment requirements – and how facilities want to be paid. Do they take cash? Will travelers need to convert their currency to foreign currencies? Will the facility take traveler’s checks or credit card payments?
  • Details for prospective treatments – upfront payments or deposits?

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