MedRetreat – Medical Tourism

April 21, 2009

Flying For Medical Care

Medical tourism, or surgical procedures abroad is certainly a viable alternative the the high cost of care in the U.S. However, many of the popular medical travel destinations that offer the greatest value in terms of quality, price and comfort are thousands of miles from North America, which means that you will encounter long flights in your journey.

Keep in mind that flying is the safest form of transportation. And the vast majority of air travelers reach their destinations comfortably and with no health issues whatsoever. But, air travel does present a unique environment that can cause certain stresses to passengers. Check out these tips and stay healthy and comfortable on your flight.


Get some rest before you fly – in the days before your departure, be sure to get plenty of sleep. No matter how comfy your seat is, it can be hard to get to sleep on airplanes and your own bed will provide a more restful sleep. 

  • Drink plenty of water and juice – the airplane environment is dry. Humidity levels on the plane can drop below ten per cent and cause ailments from dry skin to dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol and caffeine, which just dry you out further. 
  • Move around the cabin – maintaining good blood circulation during air travel can help avoid discomfort and rare, yet potentially serious, diseases like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). This circulatory disorder can be life threatening, so it’s worth learning about. Getting up and walking when the fasten seatbelts sign goes off helps prevent DVT. 
  • Prevent motion sickness – if you’re prone to carsickness, consider medication for your flight and don’t do a lot of reading. Do consult your doctor prior to taking anything new. This goes for over the counter stuff, too. Luckily, there are a lot of options that really do work for air travelers, such as travel sickness wristbands.

There are many other important considerations when flying abroad for healthcare.  For detailed information about traveling safely for medical care, please visit MedRetreat, the leading medical tourism facilitation agency in North America.


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