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Medical Tourism is emerging to be an alternate solution for the high health care costs in United States. Travelling outside the country to take care of the medical/health care needs on one hand and to understand the culture of the people by touring the most exotic places on the other hand makes the Medical Tourism a quite attractive and interesting.

Immigrants and their United States born family members are going in large numbers to their birth country or parent’s country as medical tourists due to the cutting edge medical facilities and lower cost of medical procedures. This also provides them an opportunity to understand the culture and visit attractive destinations in their native countries after many, many years. Others choose Medical Tourism to save medical costs, tourism and to avoid longer waiting time in United States.


Medical Tourism – ‘ToDo List’ recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  • If you are planning to travel to another country for medical care, see a travel medicine practitioner at least 4–6 weeks before the trip to discuss general information for healthy travel and specific risks related to the procedure and travel before and after the procedure.
  • Check for the qualifications of the health care providers who will be doing the procedure and the credentials of the facility where the procedure will be done. The Joint Commission International (US-based) certifies health care facilities according to specific standards.
  • Make sure that you have a written agreement with the health care facility or the group arranging the trip, defining what treatments, supplies, and care are covered by the costs of the trip.
  • Determine what legal actions you can take if anything goes wrong with the procedure.
  • If you go to a country where you do not speak the language, determine ahead of time how you will communicate with your doctor and other people who are caring for you.
  • Obtain copies of your medical records that includes the lab and other studies done related to the condition for which you are obtaining the care and any allergies you may have.
  • Prepare copies of all your prescriptions and a list of all the medicines you take, including their brand names, their generic names, manufacturers, and dosages.
  • Arrange for follow-up care with your local health care provider before you leave.
  • 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.

Medical Tourism Insurance


Travelers seeking medical care in India and abroad are recommended to protect against unexpected medical costs due to medical complications, accidents, missed flights, cancelations of treatment, flights, lost luggage etc. Various travel insurance companies provides medical tourism coverage based on the treatments and other needs.

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