Six myths about medical tourism busted
The decision to go for a medical treatment abroad must be taken only after careful consideration. It should be based on thorough studying of hospitals, doctors and medical tours on offer. Sadly, many people never try medical tourism, because they think they might spend a lot on medical tourism but only get poor quality treatment for their money. Is that really the case? We checked facts for you, and now we are ready to bust some of the most popular myths about medical tourism. It’s about time we did it.
Myth #1: Medical tourism will drain you dry
This is one of the most widespread misconceptions about medical tourism – whatever medical procedures there are, if they are offered abroad, you will spend all your money on them. In reality, before your tour begins, you are being sent an offer, clarifying the key aspects of the proposed treatment and how much they are going to cost you. The cost of treatment may indeed increase by 30%, especially if it involves complex operations. Sometimes operations last longer than planned, and each additional hour in the operating room may cost hundreds or even thousands (if the operation is a complicated one) of Swiss francs. If you add 50% to the amount stated in your offer, you will get an adequate estimate of your prospective costs. The total amount of costs also depends on what class of service you choose. You may opt for a luxury hospital ward, and that will be roughly 50% more expensive than staying in an ordinary ward. It is up to you whether to cut costs, or to opt for luxury level service. It is true that medical treatment in Switzerland is quite costly, but its quality will prove much higher than in most other countries of the world. As a result, you will get rid of your ailment, and also relax and recover in charming Switzerland after your treatment is over. If you are still in doubt whether to go to Switzerland for treatment, ask your medical agent for an online consulting session with a Swiss doctor specializing in the area relevant to you. A video consulting session will help you make your choice.
Myth # 2: If the treatment costs little, such medical tourism is of poor quality
In reality, low prices are usually predetermined by the low minimum wage in such countries as, for instance, India. Medical tourism is, in fact, quite popular in southern Asia, and infrastructure in hospitals here is often better than, say, in the USA. Swiss prices are naturally way higher than, say, in Israel, not to mention India, but when you come to Switzerland you can be sure that every penny you spend will help you improve your health. You will get the best service and the best doctors in hospitals, certified by international organizations and, thus, matching the highest standards. It is not a coincidence that medical tourists flock to Switzerland even from such industrially developed countries as the UK, France and even Germany.
Myth # 3: Foreign doctors are not great
Medical tourism places are renowned for their doctor. For instance, most doctors and medical staff in Swiss clinics are highly qualified specialists in their areas of expertise, with immense experience and a host of positive reviews. A great number of Swiss medical specialists have complemented their Swiss medical degrees by obtaining diplomas from universities in the US, the UK, and Australia. Education in these countries is as highly esteemed as education in Switzerland. And that means that high-quality treatment is guaranteed for you.
Myth # 4: Medical tourism mostly has to do with plastic surgery
It is, without doubt, quite fashionable to have plastic surgeries done abroad as a part of a medical tourism package, but these are by far not the only procedures enjoying high demand. A lot of patients are not only interested in planned operations and prophylactic health check-ups, but also seek such procedures as treatment of joints, reconstruction of ligaments (especially athletes), therapy of gynecological diseases or elimination of postpartum changes and strains, incontinence treatment, cancer therapy, stem cell therapy, aesthetic dentistry, intensive care and other therapies.
As a rule, medical tourism patients prefer to undergo intensive therapy in neighboring countries, so as not to wait for treatment for too long. Urgent operations might be carried out in neighboring countries, as it has become much more affordable to travel. If necessary, transfer to Switzerland might be organized via air ambulance service. In Switzerland such services are rendered by air rescue service REGA, whose planes and helicopters often carry out flights to Switzerland from Siberia, the Far East, Asia, Africa and other remote regions.
Myth #5: Medical tourism is just ‘tourism’, therefore it shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Well, ‘medical tourism’ is mostly to do with being ‘medical’, rather than being ‘tourism’. One must remember that one’s health shouldn’t be treated lightly. The main goal of medical tourism is getting high quality medical assistance, which for some reasons you can’t or you don’t want to get in your country of residence. Thus, tourism is only a secondary objective.
Medical tourism is, first and foremost, organized to get medical treatment, but you could also opt for a great vacation during the recovery period.
Myth # 6: Medical tourism is a new and unreliable branch of business
The very concept of medical tourism stems from Ancient Greece. Greek pilgrims would embark on journeys to worship Asclepius, the god of health, whose temple was located in the city of Epidaurus. As an industry, this branch of tourism has for many decades been quite successful both in Europe and in the USA. Patients often travel to neighboring countries for treatment, as medical tourism is becoming more and more popular around the world.
In 2009 one third of all the world’s medical patients went to another country for treatment, and since then, this figure has been growing steadily year after year.
We hope that we have convinced you to opt for treatment abroad, and now it is high time to start looking for the relevant clinic and medical specialists.