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Looking at a Typical Medical Travel Process

Looking at a Typical Medical Travel Process

Congratulations! You’ve passed medical tourism 101. But what, you may ask, is a typical medical travel experience to Miami like? Well, let’s take a look.

  • Sally Jones is interested in a hip replacement for her husband Tom. She searches the internet and finds a hospital in Miami, Florida that specializes in this procedure.
  • Sally fills out an inquiry form on the hospital website requesting information about the procedure.
  • Rick, from the hospital’s international office, responds to Sally with a price range for the procedure and information about the hospital and the recommended orthopedic surgeon. Rick will also request x-rays of Tom’s hip and ask that he fill out a comprehensive medical history questionnaire.
  • Dr. Callahan, the orthopedic surgeon, reviews the information and determines that Tom is an ideal candidate for the hip replacement procedure. Rick coordinates a conference call between Dr. Callahan and the Jones so that both parties can ask questions and get to know each other.
  • Rick sends Sally and Tom a more precise price quote and the surgery is scheduled for next month. Flights are arranged by the patient while Rick coordinates their lodging at a nice hotel located ten minutes from the hospital. Rick then sends the patient a detailed itinerary, recommended packing list and pre-operative instructions.
  • Tom and Sally arrive in Miami and are met outside the airport by a smiling hospital representative named Jose. They are then taken to their 5-star hotel to relax.
  • The next day Jose picks up the couple and takes them to the hospital. There they are warmly greeted by Rick who takes them to a wellappointed lounge to begin the pre-admission process. Tom is then taken to his private room to relax while nurses take care of his blood work and coordinate an x-ray of his hip. In the afternoon he is visited by an internist and then his surgeon, Dr. Callahan.
  • Early the next morning Tom is taken to the pre-surgery area to get prepped for the procedure. Less than an hour later he is unconscious and under the expert care of Dr. Callahan who deftly makes incisions, measurements and inserts the titanium hip prosthesis. After recuperating in an adjoining area, Tom is taken back to his private room to rejoin Sally and to begin the rehabilitation process.
  • After four days of recovery and intense rehabilitation in the hospital, Tom is discharged to a hotel to recuperate for the remainder of his stay.
  • Seven to 10 days (and many rehabilitation sessions) later, Tom returns to the hospital (walking with crutches) for a final evaluation with Dr. Callahan to confirm that his hip is healing correctly, and that he is fit to travel home.

* Please note that details can vary depending on the medical provider you use or whether your care is being arranged by your employer or a medical travel facilitator.

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