Trying to decide whether to travel abroad for treatment? Need to know how to ensure quality? We answer 7 common questions.
7 Questions: Can Tourism Truly be Medical?
The tourism half does not diminish the medical half of the phrase. The phrase means going abroad for medical treatment, usually to save money. Plus, a vacation setting lets one recover in comfort.
7 Questions: The Industry is Still Finding Its Way
The tourism aspect may seem new. But people have been traveling to different countries for treatment for centuries. The modern version is decades old and growing rapidly. Worldwide, a third of all patients in 2009 were vacationers. Around one million Americans travel abroad for treatment every year.
7 Questions: Doctors’ Competence Abroad
Wherever the doctor is, it’s the same organization that accredits them. Their standards are stringent. And many doctors from wherever study, train, and practice in more than one country.
7 Questions: Overseas Infrastructure Quality
Actually, many facilities and equipment in Mexico are newer than in the richer nations where patients come from. Being newer, their equipment is state-of-the-art. Caregivers compete to have the best reputation among expats and tourists.
7 Questions: Vacations Abroad Cost More Than Treatment At Home
Actually, the reverse is true. A vacation plus treatment abroad costs less than domestic treatment. And usually it’s not even close. The more expensive the procedure, the more you save. Maybe half, maybe 90%.
7 Questions: Get What You Pay For
That’s true. And you don’t have to pay for your doctor’s lawyer, because s/he does not have one. Mexico is a far less litigious society.
7 Questions: Medical Tourism is For Cosmetic Surgery
While an enhanced appearance is popular, so are other procedures:
* anti-aging, and
* critical surgeries.