4 Advantages of Using A Medical Tourism Facilitator
If you have spent any time researching medical tourism then you have probably stumbled upon fancy websites that claim to arrange all the details of your medical trip. Typically, they will have a list of hospitals and doctors in several destinations along with information about the various medical procedures they promote. These companies are usually referred to as “medical tourism facilitators” or “healthcare facilitators,” and they function as intermediaries or liaisons between patients and medical care providers.
Medical tourism facilitators can be found all over the Internet; however, it is advisable that patients work with companies that are certified by organizations such as the Medical Tourism Association™ or rated by the Better Business Bureau.
Typically, medical tourism facilitators serve to educate potential patients about the various medical facilities and physicians they are promoting. They also manage the flow of information and coordination of services between patients and providers.
In this article, we discuss 4 advantages of using a medical tourism facilitator for making your medical tourism experience more memorable and enjoyable. When working with a facilitator you get:
1- A One Stop Shopping Experience:
The convenience of being able to choose and access information about a variety of destinations, hospitals, procedures, and services at one location, instead of having to contact each hospital piecemeal. Patients can visit a medical tourism facilitator’s website and request a price estimate for a particular procedure from several different hospitals or clinics, and then choose which provider better serves their needs and budget. In addition, once they have made a decision on where to travel, the medical tourism facilitator can usually take care of all their travel logistics such as flights, lodging, and transportation.
2- Established relationships with International Hospitals:
Medical tourism facilitators (at least in theory) have already done the groundwork to make sure a patient’s chosen hospital and doctor are duly accredited and licensed. Although not always the case, many have visited the hospitals and physicians they are promoting and already have a system in place to make the medical tourism process safe and smooth.
3- Language and Cultural Barriers are Minimized:
If you are traveling from overseas, contacting some hospitals can be challenging due to time zone differences, language barriers, and cultural differences. As shown above, medical tourism facilitators already have the right contacts and a tried and true process in place with their network of hospitals. Additionally, patients can often choose facilitators located in their own country, assuring them that they will be dealing with people who speak their own language and have a better understanding of the obstacles they face in order to get from point A to point B.
4- Convenient transfer of Medical Information:
As relationships and systems are already in place, most medical tourism facilitators have the ability to quickly transfer a patient’s medical information including large image files such as CT’s and MRI’s.
Finally, your health is your responsibility. Make sure you research the destination and service providers through the right channels. As thought leaders in the medical tourism industry, we are committed to excellence and transparency. Don’t forget to visit our website and read our magazine to learn more about medical tourism and the Medical Tourism Association.
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