With experience, expert knowledge and contacts in the industry a medical tourist agency or broker can organise everything for you, negotiating prices and details with the hospitals and doctors directly, as well as providing a travel coordinator to organise your flights, accommodation and create a sight-seeing itinerary for you.
If you deal directly with a hospital it is important to check out their mortality rates, success rates, infection rates and their arrangements for follow-up care as well as the qualifications and experience of the hospital staff, and of the surgeon/doctor who will carry out your operation before making a commitment.
Whether you are dealing with a hospital directly or going through a broker be sure to address ALL of your questions and concerns, and request a firm estimate/assessment of costs and scheduling so that you are sure about what IS and ISN'T covered by the fee you have been quoted because you won’t want to deal with these issues after your procedure.
Once you have decided on a provider ask for everything to be outlined in a contract which clearly describes the guaranteed services. If you are unsure about anything get someone to go over the agreement with you. In addition to the procedure, the hospital costs and accommodation make sure you understand who would cover the cost of additional medical or emergency treatment, complications, medicines and dressings and get clarification about the cost of medical repatriation to the UK, correctional or any follow-up treatment that could be required. Also query the extended stay for any friends or family accompanying you.
Choosing to have your procedure or treatment in foreign territory will raise concerns about safety so it is vital to research, verify the doctor/surgeon's qualifications and ask plenty of questions until you feel confident that you are in good hands.
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