Globalization of Healthcare:
The Advantages of Medical Tourism
By Scarlet Gratton
Nowadays, it’s no longer rare for people to travel to another country in order to undergo various medical procedures. Although one usually pictures citizens of underdeveloped (or developing) countries heading to developed ones to get those treatments, it often goes the other way around as well. The concept of medical tourism relies on several advantages that are the reason more and more people keep opting for it in the first place. Here are some of its most significant upsides.
If you happen to live in a country where medical care and treatment are likely to cost you a small fortune, such as the USA, medical tourism is a wise move, particularly if the procedure you need to undergo isn’t covered by the kind of insurance you have. By doing some thorough research and getting yourself a plane ticket to another country, you could save thousands of dollars. For example, according to research done by Mushi et al. (2015), dialysis costs vary in low-income and middle income countries by as much as a couple of tens of thousands of dollars. So, take these differences into consideration and research the costs in various countries before deciding where you’ll go to receive necessary medical care.
More clinics to choose from
If you decide to receive medical treatment in your own country, you are immediately limiting your options. Remaining open to the idea of going abroad to tend to your health leaves you with a much wider range of locations, services, as well as clinics or hospitals to choose from. If you inquire more and do some internet research, you may easily be able to find locations that you would like to visit and where you would also have the opportunity to get excellent health care and high-quality service for smaller amounts of money.
Medical tourists’ hunt for preferable clinics round the globe is also made a lot simpler with top-notch booking platforms like Booknowmed. Such platforms present you with existing options in various countries in the world, offer the necessary information, and you can also compare the costs of the services offered, such as the aforementioned dialysis and many other frequently sought procedures. Finally, in case you have found the right place, you can book your treatment online.
Attentiveness and service quality
People can get skeptical at first in considering medical tourism because of the assumption that they may get poor service since they are paying less for getting the same thing done. However, quite frequently do patients actually receive even better and more personalized care than they would in their home country, as well as service at a really high level of quality.
Incorporating beauty into a necessity
Although it does happen for medical reasons, it is still called tourism. That means that you also have the option of taking a friend, spouse, or family member with you, both for moral support and a bit of an adventure. You will get a chance to explore the place where you’re travelling and its cuisine, do a bit of sightseeing, go to a local beach or a lake, discover landmarks, thereby actually introducing the element of tourism into your trip. You get to do two good things for yourself at the same time. Focusing on the adventure part of the whole situation will help take your mind off the reason you came there in the first place and relieve some of the stress you might be experiencing because of your medical procedure. When not at a clinic, you always have something to entertain yourself and make your stay much more pleasant.
Broader range of procedures that can be undergone
For many people, medical tourism is not just a far better option, it is the only option. They may be willing to undergo specific alternative procedures or treatments which are simply not available in their home country. In addition to that scenario, there are also cases where patients are in need of procedures that cannot be done in their home country either because they are banned or illegal, or not yet approved. Because of that, many people have been forced to seek necessary help elsewhere in the world.
Whether medical tourism is the best way to go depends on every individual’s situation. Naturally, this form of healthcare has its downsides as well, but in many cases, patients are more than reassured by the numerous good ones and therefore opt for going abroad. Either way, one thing is sure: if you want to know if medical tourism is something for you, do extensive research, gather a lot of advice and information, check what others have to say about it, and then come to a decision.
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