Frequently Asked Questions

Medical tourism is simply the process of traveling abroad to a specific destination to obtain certain medical procedures. Medical tourism is certainly not a new concept. Long time ago Greek and Egyptian Empires use to host a lot of merchant travelers coming for treatment during their trips. The concept evolved through years to our modern life. Now a day Medical Travelers have an excellent opportunity to seek top quality procedures outside their countries, where they can recover in anonymity and luxury at more affordable rates.
Medical Travelers are generally residents of the industrialized nations of the world and primarily originate from The United States, Canada, Arab Gulf Region, Great Britain, Western Europe, Australia, and The Middle East. But more and more, people from many other countries of the world are seeking out places where they can obtain their medical care at an affordable cost. Not only for treatment but also for the leisure of well-being.
A myriad of options exist for Medical Travelers - from purely elective procedures such as SPAs , Derma, face lifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, dental crowns, and LASIK, to more serious procedures such as joint replacements, spinal disc replacements, hysterectomies, and cardiac bypass surgery - medical tourists can now obtain many types of medical or surgical procedure abroad in a safe and effective manner for a fraction of the cost that they would face in their home countries.
There are a host of services incorporated in our medical traveler program. We will walk you through the entire process. You need not be aware of anything about the medical tourism process other than your wish to receive a medical procedure. Please follow this link to receive more information about our process:
The cost of the medical procedures in the countries that we participate is generally 50 to 90 percent less expensive than the same procedures compared to the US or UK. This cost differential enables you the opportunity to have a vacation in an exotic country, recover in a 4 to 5 star resort in complete anonymity, and then return home having spent less than the procedure alone in your home country.
A legitimate concern that most people have when considering medical care abroad is legal recourse in the event that something goes wrong. To date no formal legal framework has been established to protect international patents while receiving medical care outside their countries. If this is an overriding concern to you, then you should perhaps consider remaining in your home country, for your medical procedure. In the unlikely event that some medical malpractice error does occur, it would be very unrealistic to expect any financial recourse in a foreign jurisdiction. However, it is important to understand that international patients still have tremendous leverage in insuring the best possible outcomes. This leverage is the international brand image of any hospital seeking to attract foreign patients. They fully understand that one mistake with an international patient could potentially end up on news the next day. Such negative publicity would certainly be a detrimental blow to their international patient flow for some time. Since these hospitals have invested vast resources in cultivating their global brand image, they have a huge incentive to insure that you are safe and satisfied during every phase of your medical trip. Of course there are still no guarantees when undergoing surgery, but that goes for your local hospital down the street from you as well.
Absolutely not, however, cost is always an important factor to consider when seeking medical care. If you work with us, we will assist you in finding the facilities and doctors that will be much less expensive than your home country. However, we do not encourage you to travel abroad for surgery because it is cheaper. Surgery is a risky procedure, regardless where it is performed and should be taken very seriously and discussed with your family and other professionals. If you are serious about a surgery abroad, we can inform you about where you will find the best hospitals and doctors to perform your surgical procedure and save money.
The difference in price depends upon the medical procedure you choose. In reviewing the cost of many procedures compared to the US or UK, versus the same ones performed in our selected destinations, costs are typically 50-90% lower abroad. The greatest cost savings is typically found in cardiac procedures (75-90% lower fees outside of the United States). If you have received quotes in the US for $10,000, you can expect the same procedure to cost between $2,000 and $5,000. This significant cost reduction enables you purchase a round trip air ticket, recover in a 5 star resort, buy a new wardrobe, and return home saving money.
Although many countries have imitated our world-renowned health care system in terms of quality and technology, they have not adopted our legal system completely. Doctors in the US are required to pay medical malpractice insurance that usually cost over $100,000 annually. Foreign doctors are required to pay medical malpractice insurance as well, but their costs are as low as $4000 annually. In addition to this insurance, certain economies are at different stages of development than the US or UK. This absolutely does not mean that their healthcare technologies and institutions are behind. In fact, most of the private hospitals in our network use exactly the same equipment and instruments as the most advanced hospitals in the US or UK.

Here are some other reasons why the costs are less overseas:

  • Lower cost of labor
  • Lower real estate values
  • Lower construction costs (to build hospitals)
  • Favorable exchange rates
  • Lower government taxes
  • No accounts receivable collections issues with medical tourism patients (cash/credit card payment before release from hospital)
  • No emergency room bad debt
  • Less administrative paper shuffling
  • Less bureaucracy/red tape
  • Cheaper medical supplies/equipment/medications
To begin with, one of our key service offerings to you is to provide all the information to you about the doctors in order for you to make the most educated decision possible. We will provide you with resumes and facilitate phone conversations or even videoconferences. If you are still not comfortable, we will work to provide you with the information about the doctors that is important to you.

Additionally, many of the doctors in our network were educated in the US. Some have even practiced in the US for years and remain Board Certified in the US.

As part of our Medical Tourism service, we will help facilitate the initial consultation between you and the doctor by posting a case [anonymously]. Additional correspondence before traveling can be conducted via phone, email, and/or videoconference, if desired. For cosmetic surgery, the doctors will want to see images of the designated regions for surgery. These images can easily through our system provided the use of a privacy contact that will be assigned to you to protect your anonymity. That is mainly your Nickname, only at the case of selecting your facility or doctor then the sharing of medical files will be opened.
We will do all that we can to insure that you are comfortable with the hospitals that you review. A large part of our value to you is that we have visited these facilities personally and can attest to their standards of hygiene, modernity and use of technology. We will also be your advocates to assist in obtaining necessary statistics for your chosen facility. Additionally, even though the hospitals in our network have accreditation from their government and non-government entities, we will continue to work with the executive management teams of the foreign hospitals in our network to seek accreditation from the Joint Commission International, Canadian Accreditation or equivalent. We strongly advise that while you are searching or posting a case to select Accredited Facilities and MTO Certified.
Our sole purpose is to provide you with the necessary tools and information to make an informed and educated choice about medical tourism options. We absolutely will not encourage, advise, advocate or underwrite any of the doctors or healthcare facilities in our network. The choice is completely up to you. We will facilitate your research and provide answers to multitude of questions that you may have.
We have listed more 300 procedures online but if you are interested in or require a certain procedure that is not listed on our portal, please contact us so that we may assist you in your search. Our network covers a wide spectrum of wellness and medical procedures, from the least invasive procedures to the most advanced procedures.
Such advice is certainly to be expected. Rest assured that the US is not the only country that has rigorous healthcare standards and strong patient rights. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that your local hospital has lost accreditation due to poor quality standards. Many hospitals throughout the world are accredited by the JCAHO or Joint Commission International, a US based hospital accreditation organization.
Your travel plans will be entirely dictated by the surgical procedure you select. Once you select a procedure and destination, your selected facility or doctor will inform you about the recommended recuperation time required before return travel.
You don’t have to work with a medical tourism service agency. You can contact an overseas hospital directly, schedule your appointments, and book all your arrangements on your own. Many people have done this. However, if you work with a reputable service agency, they have taken care of all the guesswork for you. They have personally inspected all of their affiliate hospitals, met the doctors, and have established strong relationships with their affiliates. They will have a direct connection to all the administrators of your hospital. Equally important, they will have many past clients that have had your procedure, whom they can refer you to speak about their experience with the destination, the doctor, the hospital, and even the hotel. Pages could be written about the value of working with a service agency, versus attempting to manage the process on your own.
Absolutely. Once you decide to move forward with Medical Tourism Organization, we will be happy refer you to past clients that have had the procedure that you are seeking or you can simply use our advanced communication platform to read reviews about the hospitals/doctors and also contact other patients to share their experience with you. In return, we will appreciate your referrals once you return from your medical trip. This being said, we totally respect the privacy of all our clients and will only assign referrals to those that give permission to do so.
It depends on your selected procedure. In most cases the required length of stay in your destination will be between 2 and 3 weeks. Your surgeon will advise you on the length of stay in the hospital and destination in your initial pre-travel quotation.
No problem. If you need to make any changes to your medical trip itinerary, your Travel Companion or the Travel Agent you select will take care of all the work for you. They will revise your flight itinerary, as well as your hotel stay. They will even contact family and friends back in your home country to inform them of your changes.
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We encourage our clients to bring a companion along with them. They can stay in the same hotel room at no additional charge. In fact, many of our hotel affiliates offer large buffet breakfast for two. The only extra expense that your companion will incur will be the cost of the flight, meals, and other travel essentials. You can write down all the details needed and the selected Travel Agent will take this into consideration, not only that but will consider your accommodation preferences as well.
Yes. You can make your own flight arrangements. However, we strongly encourage our clients to use our affiliate travel partners so that in the event you need to make any changes to your medical trip flight itinerary, we easily work with our travel partners to make those changes on your behalf. Although you may find a cheaper flight over the Internet, making changes could be very difficult.
Yes, many of our clients have used their frequent flyer mileage for additional savings. Once you begin working with our travel partner, they will assist you in finding flights that will accept your frequent flyer miles.
Yes. You can arrange your own hotel stay. However, we strongly recommend that you stay in one of our affiliate hotels. The simple reason is our concern for your safety. We have personally selected our affiliate hotels based upon their proximity to the hospitals, reputation for customer service, safety, amenities, and convenience. If you're not familiar with the destination, you could select a hotel that is less expensive than our affiliate partners, but may be in an unsafe area or have poor customer service.
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