Stay Healthy this Christmas
23 December 2020
Medical tourism is something we all hear often. But what is it exactly? Is it just a tour for educational purposes? How can medicine and tourism be combined? These are the questions one will ask when hearing about medical tourism for the first time. More importantly one should know the benefits of medical tourism. Medical tourism involves travel for health purposes wherein; an individual obtains treatment or medical assistance from a foreign country. Further, it is not only focused on treatment but also the element of travel that can provide an individual with the benefits of a new culture and place.
Given the purpose of medical tourism, how do we go about it? Not everybody has the experience of travelling to unknown places, that too for a specific purpose in mind. Usually, when travelling we seek the assistance of travel agencies or tour operators who plan the itinerary for an entire trip and arrange for the entirety of stay in the destination country. Can the same be applicable when it comes to medical tourism? Maybe we can do our research for doctors and hospitals and ask the operators to arrange for travel and accommodation. The efficiency of such a decision is questionable. It will suffice if the trip is just an informal visit, to get a bird’s eye view before selecting the country as our choice of healthcare service fulfilled.
On the contrary, if the situation in our hands is that we seek timely care and do not have much of that time, we have to make a careful choice. At these desperate times, just a travel operator would not do. We need the assistance of experienced people, who understand what we need and the subtle difference of health issues. We need people who can connect us to the right people for medical assistance , travel, accommodation and even follow-up. Another main difference is that well-known medical tourism organization's offer assistance from planning the trip to post-trip follow-up procedures.
Given the differences, it is important to take the necessary efforts
while choosing organizations for healthcare. Risks cannot be taken when
it comes to life. Looking at reviews, talking to organization's and other
people who know about such organizations are important.