Medical Tourism: Overcoming Fears and Anxieties

Your Medical Travel | 2009-09-09

The idea of medical tourism raises many concerns for prospective patients, including  unfamiliarity with the culture of another country, language barriers, dealing with new doctors and healthcare facilities, and the prospect of a long flight and stay away from home.

Fortunately, all of these concerns can be put to rest with proper research and preparation. The more you learn beforehand, the easier and more comfortable the experience will be.

Possibly the biggest issue for clients is the potential of a language barrier. The good news is that many international healthcare providers speak fluent English as  their second language. If not, a translator will be available at all times.

As for the facilities themselves, many wonder:

  • Are they up-to-date with modern technology?
  • Do they maintain the same level of sanitation as hospitals in the United States?
  • Are they safe?
  • What will my doctor be like?
  • Is he or she qualified to the standards of those in the United States?

These are good questions, and you will be given the chance to speak directly with facility representatives over the phone prior to making any commitment. They can answer all your questions and put lingering anxieties to rest by providing you with the hospital's profile, accreditations and affiliations, surgeon qualifications, and first-hand accounts from other U.S. patients who have undergone the same procedure that you have elected.

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