Tips for Medical Travel
As we come to the end of this guide, it is our hope that your eyes have been opened
to the exciting world of Health and Wellness opportunities available for you or
your employees in Greater Miami. Below are some final tips that will make for a
safer and more pleasant medical trip.
Do Your research when Choosing a Medical Provider
Miami is well-known for
the high quality of its physicians and medical facilities. However, it is important
that potential patients take the time to research their options in order to choose
a doctor and medical facility that fits their needs and budget. Failure to do so
could lead to an unpleasant medical tourism experience if not a sub-par procedure
outcome. Please refer to page 68 of this guide for a list of recommended medical
Don’t be Shy
When researching your options, don’t be afraid to ask for information such as doctors’
CV’s or hospital performance indicators that will help in your decision making process.
Most hospitals will be happy to provide this information. As a traveling patient
it is important that you have as much information as possible in order to make a
decision that will be in your best interest.
Bring a Companion
Bringing along a companion is always recommended, particularly if you will be undergoing
a procedure that will leave you debilitated for any length of time. Companions can
provide much needed physical and emotional support that can make your medical tourism
experience much less stressful.
Travel Comfortably After Surgery
Depending on the type of surgery you have undergone, it may be wise to purchase
tickets in first or business class. This is especially true for orthopedic procedures
such as hip and knee replacements, cardiac surgery, and neurosurgery - where space
and the possibility to stretch your legs will reduce the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis
and allow for a much more comfortable flight. It is also advisable to travel light,
particularly if you are traveling alone. You don’t want to be dragging a heavy suitcase
after a delicate surgery.
Give Yourself Extra Time
Plan your trip so that you have a few extra days to rest before going back to work
or your regular routine. Not only will this give you time to fully recover, but
it will provide you with a little buffer time in case you must spend more time in
the hospital than you originally planned for. This is your unique opportunity to
dedicate time to yourself and your healing process. Remember, mind, body and soul
is important for a full recovery.
Keep Your Medical records and Important Contact Information in your Purse or Hand
Make sure to keep important information handy at all times. Be especially careful
not to pack medical records, prescriptions or important contact information in checked
baggage as these can be lost or temporarily delayed.
Network with other Patients who have already been to Miami for Medical Tourism
One of the best ways to prepare for your medical trip to Miami is to speak with
past patients about their experience. What was their recuperation like? What restaurants
do they recommend? Nothing beats listening to someone who has already been there
and done that. Talk to your Miami hospital contact and request to speak to past
patients. Most hospitals will be more than happy to provide you with the contact
information of patients who have agreed to talk about their experiences. This information
is invaluable for selecting your destination for medical or wellness care.
Get as Much Information about the Medical Procedure Process as Possible
- How much will the surgery or treatment cost?
- Who will pick you up at the airport?
- Who will be your main contact at the hospital or clinic?
- How many appointments will you need?
- How long will you be in the hospital?
- How will you get from the hospital to your hotel?
- How long is the post procedure recuperation period?
- Ask for a detailed schedule of tests and appointments etc…
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