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26 October 2016

medical Treatment abroad: top 5 fears

Family doctors are not omnipotent: in some cases, patients can be saved only medicine in neighboring countries. Today we tell about the most popular fears of the people, preventing to get adequate medical care in hospitals abroad.

Fear the first: "It's too expensive for me!"

It is believed that the price of treatment abroad is much higher than in the home country, and if you are not a millionaire, you in a foreign clinic, "ordered way".

In reality, it is not so. Some clinics significantly overstate the cost of treatment, justifying it with "European quality". They impose to you additional services, without which you could well do. Well, if you compare the price of treatment with the clinics in India, the difference is likely not in favor of the clinics in your country.

It's easy to see the example of India, which in recent years has become a Mecca of medical tourism. The cost of treatment in Indian hospitals by 30-40%, lower than in many specializing in medical tourism. Affordable prices are not a hindrance to high quality, after more than 60 of the Indian medical centers have received accreditation by the joint Commission international JCI.

VISA and Oxford Economics predicts growth of medical tourism by 25% in the coming years. Will increase the demand for outbound tourism among Russian tourists and is still – time will tell.

Fear two: "I will fall for the bait scams!"

In the field of medical tourism actually is, the percentage of "troubled" companies who use the complex emotional state of the client and his logical desire to save money on treatment.

Therefore, safer will turn to intermediaries that work directly with the clinics and are their official representatives:

When choosing a partner we recommend you to pay attention to the following aspects:

  • The number of partner clinics and doctors. The more options, the lower the risk of collusion with specific clinic and lobbying for the interests of one clinic under the impact of financial rather than medical factors. Even better, if the facilitator is working with several countries, you will have the opportunity to compare different medical approaches.
  • Check if there is a publication about the company in leading media and Internet. View of a group of companies in social networks, do You trust the team? Read the comments of patients on independent sites that collect reviews about the companies:;
  • Ensure that payment of your treatment will be performed in the clinic directly, preferably after your arrival and not in advance (the exception is Germany, where the Deposit is a mass phenomenon)
  • Get another before deciding a detailed treatment plan and a detailed estimate, please discuss with your medical consultant all do not understand the line, do not agree with the position of "conducting consultation and treatment – 35 000 $".
  • Specify how you will be paid for ancillary services: transportation, interpretation, translation. The inclusion of these services in a medical bill indicates a low transparency of the calculations (with the exception of Asia where such services are cheap, and short duration of stay are not separately billed)

The attempt of contacting the clinic directly, in our view, promises the patient a 50% chance of treatment without complications. There are lots of cases when the patients were treated in foreign clinics on their own, received the necessary treatment and returned home. But there's even more cases of complications, the occurrence of disputable situations, these patients found themselves alone in foreign systems, and not always emerged victorious. In such a situation it is always useful to have a strong corporate partner in the allies.

Third fear: "I will prevent ignorance of the language"

The purpose of effective treatment is impossible without mutual understanding between doctor and patient. Not all patients speak English at a sufficient level, not to mention Hebrew and Hindi. But actually the language barrier is very easy to solve the task, the patient is always accompanied by an interpreter. The only exception is a specialization of the psychotherapeutic profile: medical treatment (algo, gaming addiction), mental illnesses (anorexia, depression). In these cases, the translator will not help, it is necessary to choose the doctor that owns the patient's native language, the benefit of these occur, most often among the doctors of Israel.

Another important plus: guide-interpreter not only performs its direct duties, but also provides the necessary psychological support "the tourist".

Fourth fear: "I get lost in an unfamiliar place"

The fear of being lost in a foreign country is understandable, because many of our compatriots don't have long experience of foreign travel. In reality, it's simple: the party providing medical services organizes patient only qualified for treatment in the selected country, but also organizes the entire process from the transfer from the airport to the departure at the end of treatment, support to pharmacies to buy medicines.

If necessary it is possible to arrange transportation of the patient with the help of the car resuscitation.

Fear five: "they will not cure me!"

"Why go to another country if there is no guarantee of recovery? – this logic is guided by many patients. They forget that the domestic clinic does not guarantee 100% result recovery, and quality of service in many of them leaves much to be desired.

In some cases, domestic medicine just powerless (or the number of clinics that provide needed services to so little that their turn can not just wait). In this case, the treatment in foreign medical centers is a matter of survival. And if there is a choice – it is necessary to choose carefully, conducting the selection on the following parameters:

  • personnel qualifications - we recommend to pay attention to the biography of a doctor and trained at leading medical universities, improving practice in the leading medical centers, the availability of scientific publications;
  • availability of a clinic certificate, the international or qualifying agencies. A leader in the industry is the certificate JCI – Joint Commission International.
  • the cost of the proposed solution

A good example is the clinic of Israel, with affordable prices, high-tech medicine and a serious control of the state (especially the state).

As you can see, any of the above fears can be defeated. The main thing is to approach the situation with a positive and serious attitude. Of course, it is easier to trust the whole process of organization of intermediaries, focusing directly on the treatment and rehabilitation. This makes medical tourism an attractive option for anyone who truly cares about health.

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