When you travel abroad, it’s usually an exciting adventure, but sometimes it’s not so much fun, especially if you are going for a surgery in a foreign country. The main reason people leave their countries to have surgeries is because they believe they will have to pay less, or that the doctors in the country they are going to are more professional then their homeland doctors. These are the precautions you have to take before you even plan a surgery abroad or apply for passport in your country.
1. Have a health insurance. – It’s very important to check with your insurance company to see if your expenses are covered. There is a lot of insurance companies that offer full coverage, and they even offer to fly you abroad and back for the surgery. They also let you choose the medical facility you will be staying in.
2. Research the health system of the country you’re traveling to. – It’s important to do a bit of research before you decide to travel to another country for surgery. Investigate. Research the medical facility you’ll be staying in. Collect information on the doctor that will perform your surgery. Check his credentials. See if there are some health threats in your destination. There are many resources online which can help you find the best medical care in the country you’re going to, and will warn you about possible health hazards.
3. Make an appointment with a doctor of travel medicine in your country. He will help you to decide the best ways you can prepare before you leave your country. There are some medications and vaccines you can take to prevent any infections in the foreign countries, and a travel medicine specialist will decide whether you need them.
4. Have a full-body checkup from your doctor. – If you are planning a surgery abroad, it’s extremely important to have a full check-up before you leave your country. Make sure you are healthy enough to travel, because it can prevent any medical emergencies while you are abroad. A checkup from your doctor is even more important if you already have an existing condition (e.g. pregnancy, heart disease or diabetes).
5. Take additional precautions. – It’s a good idea to bring a small first aid kit with you when you’re traveling abroad. It should contain the basics – pain killers, anti-diarrhea medication, bandages and any prescription medication you take. You should also bring a note from your doctor with the generic names of the prescription medication you are on. Don’t forget your health insurance card, vaccination records (if you have any) and medical paperwork about your existing conditions.
These precautions are very important, since they could save your life. Remember, if you’re going to have a surgery in a foreign country, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Following these precautions will make your travel and surgery much easier and more pleasant. However, talk to your doctor before you decide to travel abroad for a surgery. You might need to take some additional precautions based on your existing medical conditions.