Tips for Medical Travelers
Do Your Research when Choosing a Medical Provider
Las Vegas has been blessed with excellent medical professionals and a large number
of quality hospitals and clinics. Even so, as a potential patient and traveler it
is important that you take the necessary time to research your options in order
to choose a doctor and medical facility that fits your needs and budget. Failure
to do so could lead to an unpleasant medical tourism experience if not a sub-par
procedure outcome. In the previous chapter you will find a list of recommended facilities
with their contact information.
Don’t be Shy
When researching your options, don’t be afraid to ask for information such
as doctor’s CV’s, medical outcomes or hospital performance indicators
that will help in your decision making process. Most hospitals will be happy to
provide this information. As a traveling patient, it is important that you have
as much information as possible in order to make a decision that will be in your
Bring a Companion
Bringing along a companion is always recommended, particularly if you will be undergoing
a procedure that will leave you debilitated for any length of time. Companions can
provide much needed physical and emotional support that can make your medical tourism
experience much less stressful.
Travel Comfortably After Surgery
Depending on the type of surgery you have undergone, it may be wise to purchase
tickets in first or business class. This is especially true for orthopedic procedures
such as hip and knee replacements, cardiac surgery, and neurosurgery –
where space and the possibility to stretch your legs will reduce the risk of Deep
Vein Thrombosis and allow for a much more comfortable flight. It is also advisable
to travel light, particularly if you are traveling alone. You don’t want to
be dragging a heavy suitcase after a delicate surgery.
Give Yourself Extra Time
Plan your trip so that you have a few extra days to rest before going back to work
or your regular routine. Not only will this give you time to fully recover, but
it will provide you with a little buffer time in case you must spend more time in
the hospital than you originally planned for. This is your unique opportunity to
dedicate time to yourself and your healing process. Remember, mind, body and soul
is important for a full recovery.
Keep Your Medical Records and Important Contact Information in your Purse or Hand
Make sure to keep important information handy at all times. Be especially careful
not to pack medical records, prescriptions or important contact information in checked
baggage as these can be lost or temporarily delayed.
Network with other Patients who have already been to Las Vegas for Medical Tourism
One of the best ways to prepare for your medical trip to Las Vegas is to speak with
past patients about their experience. What was their recuperation like? What restaurants
do they recommend? Nothing beats listening to someone who has already been there
and done that. Talk to your Las Vegas doctor or hospital contact and request to
speak to past patients. In many cases they will have a list of patients who have
granted authorization to be contacted from prospective patients. This information
is invaluable for selecting your destination for medical or wellness care.
Get as Much Information about the Medical Procedure Process as Possible
- How much will the surgery or treatment cost?
- Who will pick you up at the airport?
- Who will be your main contact at the hospital or clinic?
- How many appointments you will need?
- How long you will be in the hospital?
- How will you get from the hospital to your hotel?
- How long is the post procedure recuperation period
- Ask for a detailed schedule of tests and appointments, etc.
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