MedRetreat – Medical Tourism

May 11, 2009

Medical Tourism – Choosing A Doctor Abroad

In recent years, thousands of patients throughout North America have been packing their bags and traveling to far corners of the world in search of more affordable surgical procedures at world class hospitals in foreign countries.  This trend, known as “medical tourism,” has been gaining considerable traction as the economy teeters on the brink of full collapse. As more and more people consider this option of traveling so far away from home they will want to insure that they are able to identify the best possible surgeon for their specific case. But what is the best method for this?

Selecting a doctor for your medical procedure abroad can be a cumbersome and frightening experience as you try to identify their true experience and credentials. First and foremost, it is important to keep in mind that there are great doctors all over the world, as well as bad ones just like in North America. Too often many people think that if they just review the Doctor’s résumé, they will be able to determine the quality of a given doctor. However, without a medical background, it may very difficult to comprehend the medical terminology along with the various research and fellowships programs the doctor in questions may have participated in.

If you think about it, most patients in North America rarely review a resume or bio of their surgeon. Instead they rely on referrals from their general practitioner or a family member or friend. 

When it comes to identifying a highly skilled, world-class surgeon abroad the first step that you should take is to contact the hospital representative. Hospitals know their consultant surgeons better than anyone else, and if they cater to international patients they will want to insure that they put their best surgeons on your case to insure the best outcome. 

After speaking with the hospital staff, the second best method of identifying the best surgeons is to speak with patient references about their experience. By speaking with references, you will learn about the doctor’s skills, bedside manners and ability to communicate. 

When you contact a reference about a doctor, you will want to discuss the following points about the surgeon and staff:

  • Listening skills
  • Communication skills (verbal, nonverbal, English)
  • Bedside manner
  • Quality of service
  • What is the specific procedure protocol?
  • Technology & equipment used
  • Addressing individual concerns
  • Addressing pain/discomfort
  • How many procedures performed?
  • Outcomes data

Perhaps the best method of finding the best surgeon for your case is to work with a reputable medical tourism facilitation agency, such as MedRetreat. Not only will they be able to provide you with multiple references to speak with, but they will also have a vested interest in working with the best surgeons and your total experience from beginning to end.

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