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Our international medical services provide a wide spectrum of services to patients from overseas and their family members with an international standard.
Receiving medical care abroad can be risky. Learn about the risks and how to minimize them.
Like anything else we offer, the best countries for medical tourism — or anything else — are often those you would have never thought of. Emerging countries have built great healthcare infrastructure while minimizing costs, allowing them to deliver care for as little as five to ten cents on the dollar in some cases.
Going Abroad for Medical Care
"Medical tourism" refers to traveling to another country for medical care. It's estimated that thousands of US residents travel abroad for care each year. Many factors influence the decision to seek medical care overseas. Some people travel for care because treatment is cheaper in another country. Others may be immigrants to the United States who prefer to return to their home country for health care. Still others may travel to receive a procedure or therapy not available in the United States.The most common procedures that people undergo on medical tourism trips include cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and heart surgery.
Because of cultural differences, the attitude of physicians toward their patients in foreign countries is often different than in the United States or Canada. Physicians abroad are often perceived as being more autocratic and authoritarian. This can make patient-doctor communication difficult. The doctor caring for you may not want you to question his or her care and may not be available to answer your questions (to be fair, this can sometimes be said of American physicians also). This does not mean that your care is substandard. In fact, the doctor caring for you may have more knowledge of local diseases than your own physician and be perfectly well qualified to diagnose and treat your illness. Nevertheless, we help you to seek a second opinion if you have doubts about the quality of your care.
Risks of Medical Tourism
The specific risks of medical tourism depend on the area being visited and the procedures performed, but some general issues have been identified:
- Communication may be a challenge. Receiving care at a facility where you do not speak the language fluently might increase the chance that misunderstandings will arise about your care.
- Medication may be counterfeit or of poor quality in some countries.
- Antibiotic resistance is a global problem, and resistant bacteria may be more common in other countries than in the United States.
- Flying after surgery can increase the risk for blood clots.
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