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Ten Top Tips for the Medical Tourist

Press release -  22 January 2007

 

Over 50,000 UK patients are travelling abroad for treatment every year and more are set to follow.  Anyone contemplating surgery or dentistry abroad would do well to check out the newly launched Guide to Medical Tourism produced by www.treatmentabroad.net

 

Full of sound practical advice on going overseas for elective surgery, cosmetic surgery and dentistry this downloadable guide will answer the concerns of the medical tourist and help him or her decide on the best destination and healthcare provider to suit their needs.

 

“Medical tourism is a growing industry and there are a huge number of countries offering competitively priced surgery - there is so much choice that it can be confusing” says Keith Pollard, Director Treatment Abroad  “It is essential that potential patients do their research. The Guide to Medical Tourism was compiled to help patients make the right decisions about treatment abroad”.

 

Here are ten top tips from the guide to help the medical tourist on his or her way.

 

1. Find out all you can about the treatment or procedure that you are interested in – an informed patient is more able to make an informed choice.

 

2. Prepare a comprehensive checklist of questions to ask your surgeon or dentist abroad. See www.privatehealth.co.uk/privatespecialists/doctor-questions.

 

3. Pick the destination that is right for you - countries vary in terms of costs and areas of surgical specialty.  Hungary and Poland are popular for dental treatment, Belgium, Spain and Germany for cosmetic and elective surgery, and France for obesity surgery. 

 

4. Get quotes from the healthcare provider or medical tourism agent and compare costs.  Find out exactly what the medical tourism package includes.

 

5. Find out what qualifications and accreditations the dentists, doctors or surgeons should have to practice in their country – make sure they are in place.

 

6. Ask about treatment guarantees.  All operations carry some risk.  What can you expect if a complication should arise?  Will this be dealt with within the package price?

 

7. Plan properly for your recovery period and allow flexibility in your schedule.   Find out from your surgeon what to expect in the days following surgery.

   

8.Once you have considered all the options, choose a provider that you trust and feel comfortable with.

 

9. Don’t go for cosmetic surgery or dentistry based on pictures or email correspondence alone.   Ask for contact details of previous patients.

 

10. And finally.  Check you have a valid passport and the correct visas.  And remember if you do combine a holiday with treatment and want to enjoy sporting activities such as diving or surfing, do that first - you may just want to put your feet up afterwards.

 

Ends

 

To download a copy of Treatment Abroad’s Guide to Medical Tourism go to

www.treatmentabroad.net/guide

 

Notes to editors:

 www.treatmentabroad.net is managed by Intuition Communication Ltd and is the first web site designed to meet the needs of an increasing number of people looking abroad for cost effective surgery and medical treatment abroad. The site provides clear advice on all types of treatment from dentistry and cosmetic surgery to knee and hip operations and fertility treatment.