6 Tips To Make Your Medical Tourism Experience Better
Medical tourism — also known as medical travel or global healthcare — is the process in which patients travel to other destinations for medical or health and wellness services. Oftentimes these services can take the form of a dental treatment, knee surgery, health check-up or even a trip to a wellness spa.
The term medical tourism may sound strange and exotic to some people; but in fact it is a rapidly growing phenomenon spurred on by an increasingly empowered patient base searching for quality, affordability, availability, and accessibility in healthcare.
As the founder of the Medical Tourism Association, Renee-Marie Stephano has always advocated for educating patients and providing them with options based upon quality, cost, affordability and accessibility. Accordingly, this article is one of many educational and informational articles aiming at spreading awareness about the phenomenon of medical travel, and providing the public with tips and best practices to make their experience more memorable and enjoyable.
In this article we provide tips for an optimal aftercare (or post-op care) process. First, it is important for both patients and providers to be proactive with the aftercare process as it is an integral part of a successful procedure outcome and promotes a positive medical tourism experience.
Second, the key factor to take into consideration is communication with your physician and understanding the protocol you are given.
Following these 6 tips will make your recovery easier and faster:
1. Schedule your appointments in advance:
Make scheduled appointments before and after treatment with your local doctor. Also make sure your doctor knows that you are traveling and that he or she is aware of the details of your procedure or treatment.
2. Plan for your recovery:
Before traveling, find out if a companion is recommended for the aftercare process.
3. Communicate with the hospital/healthcare provider:
Find out about the type and extent of the aftercare provided by the hospital.
4. Coordinate with the hotel:
Contact the hotel you will be staying at to inform them about your procedure and your needs after surgery.
5. Don’t forget your medical records:
Don’t leave the hospital without your complete medical records and a doctor’s report that details the procedures performed and specifies recommendations for an optimal recovery process.
6. Schedule your follow-ups:
Make sure your primary care practitioner sees you once you return home. Inform your doctor about your medical trip, and make sure to schedule a post surgery appointment shortly after you return home. Regardless of how good you feel, it is important for a physician to monitor your recovery during the weeks and months following your surgery.
Stay tuned for more tips and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @medtourassociation for breathtaking pictures and cool facts.
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