Medical tourism is a term that refers to traveling to another country to get a medical procedure, that could be dental, cosmetic or any other. It gives the opportunity to get quality care at an affordable price while enjoying a new place.
Advanced medical technologies, access to specialty treatments, better quality of service, personalized treatment and shorter waiting periods in the destination country, makes it an attractive option. Travelling for treatment also lends privacy. Add to it, beautiful beaches, vibrant culture and hospitable people, and the idea is every bit worth it.
Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations for medical tourism. Most in demand treatments include- dental care, cosmetic procedures, fertility treatment, and cancer treatment.
Research shows that medical and dental tourism is a $ 439 billion global market. According to recent data, there are around 50 million medical tourists worldwide annually. The coronavirus pandemic further added to medical tourism.
Medical tourists can save anywhere from 25- 80% on medical bills. For someone who doesn’t have insurance, or someone having a procedure that is not covered by insurance, the difference can be enormous.
How to go about planning for a Medical Trip:
- It is important to choose a good ‘Medical tourism provider’ or ‘Medical facilitator’ to ensure you have a hassle-free and successful trip.
A Medical provider or facilitator is one who puts you in touch with the right hospital and doctor best suited to your requirement and plans your trip, including making bookings for your stay. They are your point of contact and guide in your destination country. You can choose one by going online and looking for a reputable, experienced company and speaking with them for a customized plan for you.
Do your Research
Do your research on the hospital and doctor suggested. Check for accreditations and customer testimonials. You can ask for an online consultation with the doctor before going with the decision.
Take a companion
You can take your partner or a friend to share the experience and for added support while recovering. Also, to discover and enjoy the new place. It is quite common to have friends travel together for cosmetic procedures, finding strength in each other as they undertake something new and bold.
Carry your medical papers
Do not forget to carry all your medical papers pertaining to your issue especially in case of surgery. Your medical facilitator will advise you on insurance if needed only.
Go with an open mind
Once decided, look forward to your trip knowing you will be treated by the right hands and expect to meet friendly, helpful people as you enjoy the thrill of being in another country.