Well, you might have heard about medical tourism as the industry has grown significantly over past few years, but do you know what it takes to find a reliable medical tourism facilitator? If no, then this post might help you, keep reading:
What is a Medical Tourism Facilitator?
A medial tourism facilitator is a person or an agency (usually agency) that helps you plan and organize your medical tour. From booking your flight, completing all the legal procedures and finding a health care service provider for you in the country you are travelling to, a medical tourism facilitator can help you with everything. You just have to tell the service provider your medical reason, show him your physician’s recommendation and tell him your budget. The service provider will organize your entire trip according to your budget and medical needs.
Though the type of services may vary with different facilitators, usually medical tourism facilitators offer the following services:
- Complete all the legal procedure and documentation.
- Reserve your flight.
- Fond a reliable health care service provider in the country you are travelling to.
- Take care of your accommodation.
- Some medical facilitators also offer chaperone services.
How to Find One?
In order to find a reliable medical tourism facilitator in your country, follow these steps:
Identify Your Needs– This is the first and probably the most important step of finding a medical tourism service provider. Identify your medical and tourism needs. For example, if you are travelling for a cosmetic surgery, hire a facilitator that offers tourism services for countries where cosmetic surgery is possible. Moreover, you should also make sure that the service provider offers the services you need. For instance, if you are a single parent and can’t take your children with you on a medical tour, hire a facilitator that offers chaperone services.
Estimate Budget– Before starting your medical tourism facilitator hunt, estimate your budget. Medical tourism facilitators offer different packages according to your budget that cover your medical and travelling needs in the best manner possible.
Services– Choose a service provider that offers a wide range of services. The medical service provider you are choosing must offer the following basic medical tourism services:
- Complete tour organization and planning
- Information about flight, trip charges etc.
- 24/7 prompt and efficient customer service
- Coordination with healthcare service providers.
- Taking appointments with doctors.
- Accommodation services.
- Chaperone services.
Authentication of Facilitator– The medical facilitator you are choosing must be certified and experienced. Make sure that the service provider has contacts in the country you’re travelling to, so that in case of any problem, you can consult your tourism facilitator. Moreover, an authentic and experienced medical tourism facilitator takes care of all the legal implications of medical tourism.
Now that you what it takes to find a reliable and authentic medical facilitator, keep the above mentioned considerations in mind when looking for a medical tourism service provider.