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Health and Medical Tourism Cuts Surgery Wait Time

  • Published: 2008-09-06 (Revised/Updated 2010-05-27) : Author: Jay Siva
  • Synopsis: At some point you or a loved one will need medical services and medical tourism becomes a life saving option.

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Are you a person who is concerned about rising medical costs, or a person who cannot afford healthcare or is on a long waiting list for services? Be encouraged. There is hope and you can receive the top quality services that you need, now!

If you are like millions of others, you are concerned with the issue of rising medical costs! You, like millions of others, may be in need of a costly medical procedure but cannot afford it, so you are waiting. At some point in the near future, you or a loved one will find yourself in need of medical services. In some cases, medical tourism becomes the only life saving option. Being in crisis and having limited time sometimes leads to unclear thinking and poor decision making. Take the time to become informed now.

Sadly, there are many cases of people who have died without the life saving medical care, because they were waiting to raise enough money to pay for the procedure. Others have lived needlessly with knee or hip pain, because they were waiting as long as possible before having to pay $60-80,000 for replacement. There is no need to wait!

Perhaps waiting is not a result of not having the funds to obtain treatment. Maybe you live in a country that is notorious for having long waiting lists. It is not uncommon in countries such as the U.K. and Canada, to have waiting lists a year or more in length. Sometimes the wait is because of a lack of trained staff to do the procedure. Most often, it is the government red tape that is causing the backlog of services.

Becoming a medical tourist will eliminate a year or more of waiting lists and red tape.

Anyone in a developed country who has experienced the medical system is well familiar with the red tape. Who has not experienced calling for an appointment and being told that one is not available for six weeks? Upon arrival at the doctor's office, you wait some more. Once seen, the doctor does a brief check of vitals and tells you that he needs to send you for tests. You go home and wait for the referral coordinator to call you with the test dates. You are informed that unfortunately, the tests cannot be scheduled until next month. You wonder why not, but there is seemingly little you can do. Test day arrives, and you are called early in the am, and told your tests will need to be rescheduled. After you finally get the appointment and the tests are run, you need to wait for results. Finally, you get back to your primary care doctor and he says that he would like to send you to a specialist. You begin the routine of waiting all over again. This scenario is all too common, and the end result is that the time between your first phone call and definite action to address the problem can be 4 mos to a year of wasted and precious time.

Are you unconvinced that medical tourism IS the logical answer

Do you wonder what your insurance company might say and whether or not they would approve services overseas? Be encouraged. Do you know that there are many insurance companies are happy to pay for procedures to be done elsewhere, because it is much less expensive in countries such as India! In some instances, they will pay associated costs such as travel and accommodations.

Research will give you a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of medical tourism. It is an option for every person who wants to save money while getting top quality care. The bonus is that recovery is spent in beautiful resort surroundings, with top medical professionals attending and interpreters standing by!

Books such as "The Complete Guide to Medical Tourism" has written details of the beautiful medical tourism destination options available, many of which would rival a five star resort. It gives detailed information regarding making travel arrangements, ensuring that you have adequately prepared for the journey and that you are properly instructed on what documentation you will need to carry with you on your journey.

Research has also been done regarding which countries offer the best medical services, which facilities are accredited by the International Organization for Standardization and/or the Joint Commission International. Most of the doctors who work in these medical tourism facilities have studied in the developed countries and then have returned to work in their home countries. If you are having a medical procedure done, rest assured that you will be cared for by highly qualified staff, with proficient translators standing by!

In the global medical community that we live in, there is little reason in the 21st Century why a person should wait for months or years to receive medical treatment. Take the time to do the research and take charge of your wait time!

Jay Siva is the author of the best seller book "The Complete Guide to Medical Tourism" . He reveals vital information on how to successfully plan your medical trip abroad, find discount airfare, American-trained doctors, and internationally-accredited hospitals. You 'll find out such things as how to pick your treatment destination, what you can expect to pay for specific surgical procedures and so much more.

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