Benefits of medical travel — Medical tourism and travel insurance


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1. Cost savings. Savings are tremendous--up to 90% in many cases. Heart bypass surgery in the U.S. typically costs at least $80,000. The cost at an internationally accredited hospital abroad is $8,500. This brings the surgery into reach for uninsured individuals and self-insured businesses.

2. Quality assurance. Patients are often surprised to learn that hospitals in faraway places have undergone a rigorous accreditation process that assures quality standards at least on par with the U.S. Several overseas hospitals have strategic alliances with renowned U.S. medical facilities like Johns Hopkins and Harvard Medical, and many of their doctors were trained in the U.S. A good medical travel company will help a patient find the highest quality hospitals and surgeons, and will provide corresponding credentials and background to help narrow the choice.

3. Short waiting times. Waiting times are virtually eliminated. For certain organ transplants, this can be a life saving advantage.

4. Success rates. Certain procedures, like hip resurfacing, have only recently been approved in the U.S. Many surgeons overseas have extensive experience, with resulting success records that are unmatched in the U.S.

5. Access. Some procedures are not yet FDA approved, while outside the U.S., physicians are achieving great results with them. Patients are able to achieve the pain relief they've been seeking. An example is Disk Nucleus Replacement.

6. Personal attention. Medical travelers typically find the difference in personal attention they receive overseas is a remarkable departure from their experience in U.S. hospitals. Doctors spend a lot of time with them at every stage, explaining the procedure and recovery process. Nurse to patient ratios are very high.

7. Long supervised recovery. Unlike in the U.S. where high costs mandate short in-hospital recovery time, patients who go overseas find they're discharged only when they are well underway to complete recovery, and are often moved to nearby lodging where they're monitored closely.

8. Top-notch facilities. Many hospitals attracting international patients are brand new, with all the latest equipment and technology. Cyberknife technology is an example.

9. Anonymity. Patients often want recovery away from hordes of well-intended people at home that are constantly inquiring how they're doing. The distance also adds a layer of security for those who choose to keep their surgery a closely guarded private matter.

10. A true travel experience - if desired. While successful surgery and recovery is the first priority, medical travel affords the opportunity to experience a different culture, in a country that may not have been on the patient's list of destinations for leisure travel.