There are so many reasons why people decide to go for a treatment abroad: it might be the waiting list in their home country, low quality of services or cost of the procedures as one of the most decisive factors.
It does not matter if you would like to undergo dental, cosmetic, IVF or any other type of treatment, it is always better to be prepared – for your own safety and peace of mind. In this article, we would like to discuss 5 handy tips to consider before scheduling first consultation in a clinic abroad.
1. Basic information about the clinic
It may seem to be obvious, but it is always better to remind about even trivial things. Check the website, contact a clinic via email, and search for the reviews and feedback from its previous patients. You can learn a lot about the place of your destination from other people’s opinions, as they pay attention to very different details.
Sometimes their reviews get too emotional, but reading through the feedback will give you a better picture of the clinic you have chosen. It is also useful to read about specialist working there and the certifications they obtained throughout their careers. Ask for a full price list and presentation of the clinic’s services in order to make an informed decision.
On the platform GCR.org, you will find on one place everything you need to know about a medical facility – clinic expertise, facilities, services and patients reviews.
2. Medical documentation
It is highly possible that a clinic will ask you to provide information about your state of health. Gather as much documentation as you can, preferably the latest test results, because they will give the physician the most updated information about your medical situation.
Tell your medical consultant and the doctor all the important information concerning your health – it will speed up a diagnostic process.
No matter if you want to travel abroad as a tourist or as a patient – it is necessary to think about the insurance prior to your journey. If you are insured in your home country, check if you can claim for any refund after your treatment in a foreign country.
In order to do that, remember to collect all of your medical records, test results, and bills confirming your payment. It is valuable information not only for your insurance company but also for you first of all.
As a patient, you have a right to be fully informed about the procedures, the details and descriptions, and of course the total expected cost.
4. Basic information about the country of your destination
First of all, check if your passport is still valid. If not, plan ahead and arrange to issue a new one before the planned start of the treatment.
Secondly, find out if there are any visa requirements for you and apply for it – or ask your coordinator to help you by sending a visa invitation letter. It is also a good idea to learn more about the country where you are going in terms of weather, spoken language, currency and other. It will definitely make your journey and stay abroad easy and comfortable.
5. Travel options
Before making a final decision, take into consideration where the clinic is located – city, distance from the nearest airport, country, continent and how can you get there.
It is always more convenient to choose a city which has direct flight options, especially by low-cost airlines at least once a day. This will significantly improve your comfort during travelling for each consultation, as sometimes several visits will be needed.
You have to be prepared that e.g. in case of IVF treatment it can be crucial to travel for a visit almost last minute. Suitable location of the clinic with few flight connections to choose from is a good requirement to keep in mind during research.
We hope that you find those 5 tips useful and they will make your treatment safer and less stressful.