Is it safe to travel overseas for your operation?
Medical Tourism refers to traveling to another country for medical care.
Its estimated that thousands of Aussies and New Zealanders travel abroad each year to seek Cosmetic and Dental procedures because treatments are much more affordable than in their own country.
What are the risks
- Communication may be a problem. Receiving care at a facility where you do not speak the language fluently might increase the chance that misunderstandings will arise about your care.
- Antibiotic resistance is a global problem, and resistant bacteria may be more common in other countries than in Australia.
- Flying after surgery can increase the risk of blood clots.
What can you do
- Make an appointment with your GP before your travel to discuss general information for healthy travel and specific risks related to the procedure and travel before and after the procedure. Including any vaccinations, they would prefer you had. Is good to follow your GP orders as well as your surgeons.
- Make sure that any current medical conditions you have are well controlled, and that your regular health care provider knows about your plans for travel and medical care overseas.
- Check the qualifications of your surgeon who will be doing the actual procedure and the credentials of the Hospital where the procedure will take place. Accrediting group Joint Commission International, have lists of standards that facilities need to meet to be accredited.
- Make sure that you READ all information including the agreement with the Hospital, Surgeon or the group arranging the trip, defining what treatments, supplies, and care are covered by the costs of the trip.
- Language barrier? Whilst the surgeons speak fluent English. There can sometimes be a small barrier for some clients. Somnio aids their clients in Thailand with communication issues, by having a team of staff to hold your hand every step of the way. Our Thai staff will ensure you are getting the RIGHT information replayed to you and will assist with any questions you may have for the surgeons.
- Bring copies of all your prescriptions and a list of all the medicines you take, including their brand names, generic names, manufacturers, and dosages.
- Arrange for follow-up care with your local GP provider when you return home for a follow-up.
- Before planning vacation activities, such as sunbathing, drinking alcohol, swimming, or taking long tours, find out if those activities are permitted after surgery.
- Get copies of all your medical records before you return home.