We’ve discussed various considerations and questions to keep in mind when assessing medical travel options previously on this blog. Here are some great pointers on such considerations:
Is surgery overseas right for you?
- Discuss the idea with your general practitioner to get their opinion.
- Separate the idea of a holiday with that of surgery; if you want to sightsee, do it before the procedure.
- Ensure the hospitals you are considering have accreditation with international bodies such as the Joint Commission International.
Who will be operating on you?
- Find out the qualifications of the doctor, anaesthetist and other staff who will be looking after you, and if possible ask for the number of times they have done the procedure and their error rate. This can be difficult to assess, but generally the more experienced they are and the lower their error rate the better.
- Try to speak with or meet the surgeon before the operation. This will help to ensure you both have the same expectations about the procedure and will give you the opportunity to ask questions directly.
- Ask about the quality and safety of the technology used in the hospital, as well as the sterilisation and resuscitation procedures, infection control, quality of any implants used and what after care may be needed.
- Ensure the hospital and doctors have medical indemnity insurance, and if you are using a medical tourism company discuss their procedure for when things go wrong.
- Book the most direct flight possible to reduce the risk of blood clots or ‘economy class syndrome.’ Keep in touch with your GP when you return home, and seek help if you experience any worrying symptoms or complications.