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7 Facts to take in consideration for health travel


Health is the main priority in our lives, and it is the most important factor to keep and eye on if we seek for great longevity. Nevertheless, even when we try to take care of ourselves with the highest standards, there are factors that we cannot prevent and might put us in a difficult health situation. These factors might restrict our access to the best solutions available and they could be related to money, limited health insurance, among others.

Because of these factors, many people consider to travel to other countries seeking the best quality in medicine that they can afford. In some countries
the savings can be up to 70%
in comparison to the U.S. However, the main question for travelers is if the price affects the quality of the services. Truth is, there are well prepared specialist with the highest education standards and enough experience to take care of your health problems overseas. In many cases, these specialists are better prepared than the ones working with basic health insurance plans. Moreover, what makes the prices of most procedures lower, are the costs of medical supplies, and costs of living of these countries.

As we can find in the book “Patients Beyond Borders” by the autor Josef WoodmanIf, if you find yourself in a difficult health situation, there are 7 facts to consider traveling overseas to get proper healthcare:

1.    Cost Savings: Depending upon the country and type of treatment, uninsured and underinsured patients, as well as those seeking elective care, can save from 15 to 60 percent over the cost of treatment in the United States. The average cost of a Facelift procedure is $7,000.00 U.S dollars, including the hospital stay in a private, double-bed room, meals, transportation in the city for you and a companion.

2.    Better-quality care. Veteran health travelers know that facilities, instrumentation, and customer service in treatment centers abroad often equal or exceed those found in the United States. 

3.    Excluded treatments. Even the most robust health insurance plans exclude a variety of conditions and treatments. Although health insurance policies vary according to the underwriter and individual, your plan probably excludes a variety of treatments, such as cosmetic surgeries, dental care, vision treatments, reproductive/infertility procedures, certain nonemergency cardiovascular and orthopedic surgeries, weight loss programs, substance abuse rehabilitation, and prosthetics—to name only a few.

4.    Specialty treatments. Some procedures and prescriptions are simply not allowed in the United States. Either Congress or the Food and Drug Administration have specifically disallowed a certain treatment, or perhaps it's still in the testing and clinical trials stage or was only recently approved. Such treatments are often offered abroad.

5.    Shorter waiting periods. For decades, thousands of Canadian and British subscribers to universal, "free" healthcare plans have endured waits as long as two years for established procedures. "Some of us die before we get to the operating table," commented one exasperated patient, who journeyed to India for an open-heart procedure. 

6.    More "inpatient friendly." As U.S. health insurance companies apply increasing pressure on hospitals to process patients as quickly as possible, outpatient procedures are becoming the norm. Similarly, U.S. hospitals are under huge pressure to move inpatients out of those costly beds as soon as possible. Medical travelers will welcome the flexibility at the best hospitals abroad, where they are often aggressively encouraged to spend extra time in the hospital post-procedure. Patient-to-staff ratios are usually lower abroad, as are hospital-borne infection rates

7.    The lure of the new and differentAlthough traveling abroad for medical care can be challenging, many patients welcome the chance to blaze a trail, and they find the creature comforts often offered abroad a welcome relief from the sterile, impersonal hospital environments so often encountered in U.S. treatment centers. For others, simply being in a new and interesting culture lends distraction to an otherwise worrisome, tedious process.

Information used for this entry was based on: https://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2008/10/01/7-reasons-to-consider-traveling-for-medical-care


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