Top Reasons To Go Abroad For Your Surgery
By Space Coast Daily // August 17, 2017
More Treatments Available • Shorter Waiting Times
Medical tourism is a term not everyone would’ve heard of, but it’s only a matter of time.
With more and more patients searching overseas for procedures and surgeries they wouldn’t otherwise be able to get or afford at home, it’s no wonder people are getting anything from a hip replacement to a hair transplant abroad. But why travel overseas for surgery?
Why not just get it at home? We’ve collected together some of the top reasons to go abroad for your surgery.
When it comes to traveling for medical reasons, you’ll often find that the service you get overseas will be of a higher quality than any you’d find back home. It’s not uncommon to find that your service is far more personalized with the staff-to-patient ratio being lower than the UK or the USA.
Staff have more time to spend with each patient, and often won’t need to rush your appointment to bring in the next patient like they might in the UK or America.
More Treatments Available
Whether it’s to take part in a clinical trial, or undergo a surgery that may be illegal in your home country, there is a whole new world of treatments available to those that can travel to get them.
Whether it’s a certain drug that you can’t get in your own country, or a treatment that has only just been accepted as being successful, there isn’t always full availability in every country in the world for something that could be vital to your condition.
Travelling can not only bring you to a country that had said treatment available, but will also have the specialists needed to perform it.
Shorter Waiting Times
In general, waiting times when you travel abroad are much shorter, and sometimes even non-existent. Patients that could wait years for certain surgeries might be immediately treated if they travelled abroad for the same procedure, and often for less cost too. Public health care systems are often overworked and have long wait-lists, so those with the means to travel often do.
Travelling abroad can also offer you a sense of privacy when it comes to your treatment and recovery. It offers you the opportunity to keep the surgery to yourself if you so choose, or disguise the trip and simply a holiday to avoid invasive questions that we’d all otherwise avoid!
One of the biggest pulls of getting your surgery abroad is how cheap it is abroad compared to home. With some treatments not being available under certain health insurances or the NHS in England, savings can go as far as 30-80% dependant on your circumstances.
Even with the price of travel and accommodation for you and a companion, it’s often found that you can save thousands on certain surgeries, and sometimes for a higher quality and more high-tech service.
At the end of the day, travelling abroad for your surgery gives you the opportunity to do exactly that – travel.
Having the opportunity to go overseas and explore a new country can often add the icing on the proverbial cake, with some surgeons even allowing recovery while you stay in a holiday resort. Cheaper healthcare and a holiday all in one? Sign us up.
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