We have grown up hearing that America is a shining beacon of hope, especially for those looking for quality healthcare for themselves and their families. Reporters and news channels especially love to inform us how lucky the nation is regarding its healthcare system by running stories about Canadians and foreign leaders who travel all the way just to get timely and good medical treatments that aren’t available in their own country.
Don’t be fooled, because there is something else that our mainstream media isn’t telling, and doesn’t want us to know about! The glory days are over; when everyone got equal, free and quality healthcare except for a privileged few that is. The regular Joe will not get the same level of top care or the treatment that was previously accessible to the masses.
The reason for this sudden paradigm shift
The average, hardworking American won’t be able to avail quality medical services and care simply because in the grand scheme of things, for us the health care system has been shattered to pieces. The arrival of disastrous health care bills such as ObamaCare is one of the causes and no legislative plan can fix this.
This is the main reason why medical tourism is becoming so popular, and a number of people opt to travel to a foreign country that offers the exact same quality of medical treatment and care, but at affordable rates.
How to Make the Trip More Cost Effective
Medical tourism in the very near past was used by the very rich, at first but grew in popularity amongst the hardworking and middle class Americans more than ever. Not only do they save money, but get equally the same, if not better quality medical care and treatments compared to their motherland.
Travelers off to a foreign country for a medical vacation can make the entire trip more cost effective than it already is by following these simple, but highly effective steps.
Travel off-season: – Even if the trip is just for medical purposes, a good idea to save money is to avoid the holiday season for that country. This way you’ll get cheaper airfare, and find good affordable hotels.
Use ATMs for drawing money: – Avoid using travelers checks, simply because drawing money from ATMs is not only cheaper but a lot faster as well. Do remember about the transaction fees associated with ATMs through, and make fewer but bigger cash withdrawals.
Dial direct to stay in touch: – There are a number of cheaper alternative methods of staying in touch with your family back home, and the most popular ones are using the internet and international phone cards which can be easily found at local stores or newsstands.
Be smart when choosing a hotel: – This is very important as travelers to a foreign county often make the mistake of choosing a hotel that doesn’t suit their budget at all; most go for those that are more popular with tourists. Keep in mind though, that you will need a comfortable stay throughout because the trip is a medical vacation.