How To Be Safe During Your Medical Trip
Safety is not something to be ignored when you’re travelling. On the contrary! Travelling for medical purposes asks for even more attention to keeping yourself safe the entire time.
Each treatment, each procedure, each destination, every clinic and any accommodation require that the future medical tourist acknowledge new and different things, several tips, in order to maintain this journey safe all along.
As a medical traveller, you should consider safety from two perspectives: the travelling one and the medical one. Each perspective consists of its own safety tips which, when combined, will keep you permanently out of harm’s way.
The following steps address to all the medical tourist newbies and veterans out there. No matter if you’re a novice, or a returning international patient, safety is something to be constantly thoroughly informed and updated about.
1. Make sure you can trust your medical tourism provider, clinic and doctors
When travelling abroad for treatment, you are usually helped and assisted by a medical tourism company. This company will be in charge of several safety aspects of your trip. So, the first thing to do is making sure that this organization is reliable.
Research, research, research. See what the world tells about them and read other patients reviews and testimonials. Make sure that it’s worth trusting and, if it proves otherwise, don’t make any compromises.
Another important thing is knowing that the medical clinic you are considering for having your treatment and procedure done at is one that can be trusted. Both the clinic and the medical staff are in charge with keeping you safe during your stay.
So, again: research, research, research. See if the clinic is accredited. There are several websites that allow you to check if a medical hub is or not accredited. See what other patients have to say about their experience there: how did their treatment go and how the clinic managed all the safety procedures. You can do that by both searching on Google and checking out the center’s profile listed on your medical tourism provider website.
Then, read the doctors’ resumes. This information should be easily found online. See if the doctor is certified and research for what other patients had to say regarding their experience. Find out how many years of practice the doctors have, how many times they performed the treatment or procedure you are about to undergo and if there were any types of issues related with patients’’ safety during this process.
2. Know your destination
No matter which is the country you’re travelling to, be sure to research over the basic safety things you have to consider while you’re there.
- Browse the internet and save the emergency telephone numbers (ambulance, police etc.) you can dial in that country.
- Also, note down the address of your local embassy, in case you will ever need it.
- Before packing your bags, research the weather conditions for the time of the year when you’ll be travelling to that certain country.
- Plus, know which is the currency used over there and be aware of the exchange rate. Find a trustworthy place to exchange currency in your home country. If there’s none available, keep the money on your credit card and use and ATM (inside of your hospital or hotel, preferable) to get an amount of money in the country’s local currency. Or, if possible, make all the payments with your credit card, but be sure that they accept the type of credit card you’re using (Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, American Express etc.). Don’t forget to save your bank’s international telephone number in case you will ever need it.
- Whenever you go eat, always order something similar to what you’re normally eating home, in terms of ingredients. This will keep you far away from any possible allergic reactions. Besides for your hospital cafeteria and hotel restaurant, look for places where plenty of people eat. This way, you know that the ingredients are most likely to be fresh all the time.
- Check if there are any kinds of vaccinations you have to get before travelling to certain countries. Search for this information online, or get in touch with a doctor in your home country and ask for an opinion.
- If you are ever in the situation of looking for a taxi, you have many safe possibilities. The best option is to ask your hospital or hotel staff to order you one. If you can’t do this, look after authorized taxi stations and only take registered cars. Search online for reliable taxi companies that operate in the city you’re travelling to. Save their number and, if you call a taxi yourself, don’t forget to type the country code.
3. Check and re-check the documents you’re taking with you
Always have your documents with you: passport, visa, medical letters, medical certificates, medical insurances, travel tickets (plane, train, bus etc.), printed accommodation reservation. Also, don’t forget medical prescriptions for any kind of medicine you own.
Scan all these documents and e-mail them to yourself. This way, in case you lose them or they are stolen from you, you can easily have access to their copies online.
4. Let your close ones know
Before leaving, announce your relatives and close friends that you will be gone. Leave them your itinerary and all the related details: the period of your trip, the country and city you are travelling to, the clinic and hotel where you will stay.
5. Make Use of Safety Mobile Apps
There are plenty of travel safety apps that help you access emergency numbers, embassy addresses, close hospitals and police stations. Download them and don’t hesitate to use the whenever you need to.
6. Travelling With a Wheelchair?
If you’re in the situation of travelling with a wheelchair, avoid choosing too closely scheduled connecting flights. Don’t let it be less than 90 minutes or even two hours, in order to make sure that you safely get to your gate on time.
Note down all these safety tips and think about additional questions you may have regarding this aspect. Address all your questions to your medical tourism provider, hospital and hotel you’re travelling to.
All in all, you need to be prepared, aware and acknowledged of all the possible things that can badly influence your trip. You should always have back up plans and information that would get you out of an uncomfortable situation.
Before opting for a certain package, destination and hospital, talk to your medical tourism providers about all the aspects of your upcoming journey. PlacidWay is a medical tourism company that can help you with all your travel safety concerns.