The high cost of treatments in the developed countries gave rise to the Medical tourism industry and in not much time, medical tourism has gained lot of importance and recognition in the market. The ease and affordability of treatments, as promised by Medical Tourism, made it a huge success amongst the patients. Apart from that, the idea of travel after the treatments appealed to everyone.
But when a patient decides to opt for medical tourism, he has a lot of doubts in his mind, he is scared about going to a different country for getting the treatment, he doesn’t know about the hospitals of the country or how to analyze the cost of the treatment abroad. Listed below are the seven steps you should consider before finalizing your decision of medical tourism.
The best way to assure yourself about the place that you are going to get the treatment at is to check the accreditation of the hospital. The accreditation bodies evaluate the hospitals and provide the accreditation only if the hospital meets the specified healthcare standards. The reputed hospital accreditation bodies include Joint Commission International (JCI), Accreditation Canada International (ACL), Australian Council for Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI), Quality council of India (QCI), National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH), etc.
The main idea behind medical tourism was to help the patients avail good quality healthcare at comparatively low cost and that in fact is the first thing that you should analyze before deciding the country that you are willing to travel for your treatments. Make detailed comparisons about the costs of the different hospitals within your country, then compare the cost of the treatments, including the travel expenses and stay in another country. But while making the comparison be sure that you do not compromise on the quality.
Doctors and the staff
Once you have decided your country, you sure will analyze the different hospitals in that country. The right way of doing the same is to communicate directly with the hospital. Direct communication helps you understand the profile of the hospital and also the kind of environment you will be dealing with during the process of your treatment.
There are many hospitals that are running without any accreditation and these are the hospitals that just want to fool the patients and earn their money. One way to be safe of such frauds is to check the accreditation. Another way to do so is to check the complaints, reviews and accidents, if any on the part of the hospitals. Reviews help you get a clearer picture about the hospital.
When you are travelling abroad for the treatment, the cost and the quality of the treatment are your main concerns but that does not mean that you ignore the other important aspects. Try to find out about the extra facilities that the hospital would be offering you, like the pick-up services, visa clearance, your stay there and also the vacation scheme after the treatment.
Technology used by the hospital
When you are travelling so far to get your treatment done, you sure want it to be excellent and of the highest ratings. If the hospitals are still not using advanced technology or proper medical equipments, then there is no point in travelling to another country, no matter what the cost is.
So you have decided that you would be travelling to another country for the treatment. You have analyzed the cost, but this cost majorly depends on the distance that you would be travelling to get that treatment. It is usually suggested that you opt for a place nearby, but if you are convinced that travelling far is not a concern for you, then you can erase the point from the list.
These are some points that you should keep in mind before choosing your hospital abroad. They will help you get a clearer picture about the treatment and save you from any kind of frauds in another country.