MedRetreat – Medical Tourism

May 7, 2009

Hospital Considerations When Traveling Abroad for Surgery

If you have determined that medical tourism is the right option for you, then you will certainly want to select the best hospital abroad for your treatment. Since there are more international hospitals to chose from with high standards and accreditations, you would be wise to consider the following criteria.

1.  LOCATION 

Many regions of the world where healthcare expenses are a fraction of what they are in the US happen to be in emerging economies. As such, their infrastructure is decades behind what we are used to in North America. Therefore, you could end up selecting a destination where the hospital in which you will be staying is literally next to a large slum. Not only are the sights in such areas deplorable, but the smells and sounds could be very disturbing as well. You may be in a great modern hospital with great doctors, but could you have selected a destination with an equivalent hospital and doctor in better surroundings, and at the same price?  

2.  WHAT AMENITIES ARE OFFERED

  • Meals
  • Room for companion
  • Private rooms
  • Television (English Language programs)
  • Internet Access – WiFi
  • Mini Refrigerators
  • Showers
  • Welcome kit – Soap and towels
  • Electrical outlets – voltage converters
  • Affiliation with a medical tourism facilitation agency

3.  HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

Does the hospital in question employ the same state-of-the-art equipment and supplies that you would find at your local hospital down the street?  Make sure to inquire about imaging equipment, computer assistance navigation, and/or prosthesis brands to name just a few.

To learn more about medical tourism and hospitals abroad, contact a US-based medical tourism facilitation agency, such as MedRetreat. Most reputable agencies have conducted tremendous due diligence of their affiliate hospital partners on behalf of the American patient.  They will be able to answer all your questions about the hospital and provide you with references from past clients that you can speak to.

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4 Comments »

  1. well when you talk about medical tourism…i was just wondering how good or bad is it in New Zealand

    Comment by gracem5843 — May 8, 2009 @ 1:53 am | Reply

  2. Although we do not offer service to New Zealand because of the higher cost compared to other parts of the world, we’ve heard they do have very good medical facilities.

    Comment by medretreat — May 8, 2009 @ 2:37 am | Reply

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