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Is treatment abroad right for you?

Medical tourism offers the advantages of saving money and getting the treatment you need without waiting, while at the same time giving you the opportunity to experience a different country. However, it is not for everyone, and you need to think carefully about the positives and negatives before you decide to go ahead.

To help you make an informed decision, you need to get as much information as possible. You can find out about treatment abroad in many different ways, including:

  • Read reviews of different countries and clinics on the internet, and on sites such as this one, Treatment Abroad, and Medical Tourism Reviews.
  • Talk to people who have travelled abroad for treatment and ask about their experiences, both positive and negative.
  • Look out for reports in the media press covering the experiences of the medical tourism patient.
  • Look out for exhibitions on medical tourism, such as the Health Tourism Show, held annually at London’s Olympia exhibition centre.

An expanding medical tourism market

Such is the growth of medical tourism that some countries, such as Malaysia and Korea now have dedicated government departments and proactive marketing programmes to promote the sector. These departments will usually have a website and other materials available to answer all of your questions about having treatment in that country.

The medical tourism market is expanding all the time as new countries join the EU and as political and economic situations change across the world. New destinations often provide highly competitive prices to help them break into the market, so it is well worthwhile keeping abreast of developments within the industry.

Remember, medical tourism is not right for everyone. You need to consider a number of factors, including being away from your home and family at an especially vulnerable time. However, if you do feel it could be right for you, then there are a number of things to consider...

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