Dangers in Medical Travel

Dangers in Medical Travel

In the past few months you might have seen an increase in articles in the media warning about the dangers of Medical Travel to Mexico or Dominican Republic /or against traveling to Mexico or Dominican Republic for medical reasons.  This includes a recent warning from the CDC not to have surgery in a specific region and hospital in Mexico and Dominican Republic.  While there is a cause for concern, the results can be different, if you select a facility based on knowing what to watch out for.   There can be dangers in Medical Travel but if you ask the right questions and verify the given information, those can be avoided.

Dangers To Avoid

  • The facility does not have a US, Canadian or JCI Accreditation 
  • You cannot verify the surgeons credentials and what they are certified to perform in, that they are up to date and what their actual training was in
  • The facility doesn’t publish their infection rate
  • There is no procedure in place if there is an emergency or something goes wrong during the operation 

But It’s Cheaper

While cost is important it should not be your deciding factor.  Many people think, it’s just breast implants or a simple hernia surgery.  They do these every day.  What could go wrong?  If the right standards are not met, A LOT!  Sometimes you get what you pay for and your health should not be compromised to save a few dollars.  

Having a safe, successful surgery should be your number 1 priority.  That can be achieved if you gather all the facts.  This can be incredibly time consuming but well worth the effort.  Hiring a Medical Facilitator that does all of this for you will ensure no detail or question is left unanswered.  It also gives you a guide through the entire process.  If you are in need of such knowledge and expertise, contact Health Vantis today!  

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com

End Of the Year – Top 5 Things To Do Right Now!

It is hard to believe, but the end of the 2018 year is just a month away. Thinking about what to do before its over? Here are our top 5 suggestions to make you a happier and, therefore, healthier person!

Check your spending on supplemental health insurance and health spending account

There may be some physiotherapist, chiropractor or massage therapist money left. Make an appointment to tend to your sore muscles or unaligned bones. Another good one to check is your vision program. Yearly eye exams and a pair of glasses or contacts are usually covered to a certain amount.

Plan a trip!

According to this study planning and anticipating a trip actually bring your happiness levels up. We live in a climate where winters are real, and sometimes just thinking about a nice beach and picturing yourself getting some warm sun gives us the strength to deal with snowstorms and freezing temperatures.

Make time to connect with those that have supported you and made you feel special

Even though we all get so busy before and during the holidays, a morning coffee or a special phone call matter to those that care about you. If you moved around a lot on your life, use Skype to connect and see your friends faces and smiles! It will keep both of you engaged and looking forward to the future – something we sometimes forget to think about when we are facing everyday routines. After all the holiday hustle and bustle is gone you will have something real to lean n – friends and family, your true fans!

Volunteer

Giving up your time for a bigger cause can be very rewarding. You can step outside your usual routine, meet new people and be part of a new organization or simply help your child’s school serve pizza or make classroom materials. Whatever the cause is, stay committed, even if it is an hour a month. Your valuable time contribution can change a person’s life for the better– how great is that?

Celebrate you

Feeling that you do not have time for yourself? Forgot when you were able to relax and stay in bed for an extra hour or took a nice mid-afternoon nap? Do it! Schedule the time in your calendar and treat yourself to the luxury of sleep, pampering or whatever else you have been thinking of these past 6 months. In order to do this successfully a little planning is needed. Your to do list needs to be taken care of and the rest is able to wait till you come out of your You-zone without feeling guilty of taking some time to yourself.

 

5 Cool Apps Every Snowbird Should Use

5 Cool Apps That Every Snowbird Should Use

Summer has wound down and fall is here, which means the snowbirds are preparing to head south for the winter.  There are so many handy tools out there for them to utilize, however, we found some cool apps that every snowbird should use!

Canadian Snowbirds US Stay Counter 

Canadian Snowbirds US Stay Counter helps track the number of days you are staying in the US.  This is important to avoid tax consequences.  It also offers other services such as US currency, US real estate, Snowbird FM, Tax & Legal Services, & Check your I-94.  The app was designed by Canadian Gerry Scott, who is an experienced wealth management financial planner and avid snowbird himself.  Knowing the tax laws are incredibly important if you live in 2 different countries.  Try it out to help you track your days.  

AARP Now Mobile App 

AARP Now Mobile App keeps you connected with daily news stories, offers the ability to explore events happening close by and provides member-only benefits and discounts.  Offers are added monthly and you can access them from wherever you are.  You can set up notification reminders for upcoming events or deals you’ve saved.  AARP also offers 2 other apps you should check out: AARP Publications Tablet App and AARP Member Advantages App.  

Libby by OverDrive

Libby by OverDrive is basically the local library right on your device.  If you are a member of a local library, you can check out books or audiobooks digitally for FREE from the touch of your fingers.  No driving to the library or worrying about getting back to return the items.  Books automatically go back to the queue after the set time, however, you have the ability to renew it, as long as it’s prior to the due date.  For popular books, you can put your name on a waiting list and it will send a notification to your email when it’s available.  It’s very user-friendly and there are literally 1000’s of books to choose from.  

Waze 

Waze is a really cool app that assists in your commute or drive.  It connects other drivers to one another to help improve the quality of everyone’s daily driving while giving driving directions. Waze gives you the best route to drive and if there is a lot of traffic, construction, accident or other traffic hazards, it will offer alternate routes so you don’t get stuck in the traffic.  It clues you into when there are police officers in the area, stalled cars and even which gas station has the cheapest gas. 

Simply Declare

Simply Declare manages your travel receipts and gives you an itemized list with the information you need to fill out your declarations forms upon returning home.  It lets you know in real time currency if you have reached or exceeded your limits.  Simply Declare allows you to take pictures of your receipts so they are all stored in one spot.  It has a notepad, quick currency converter and the ability to itemize lists the way you want.  

No matter where you travel this winter, have a safe, relaxing holiday!

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com

How Many People in Canada Travel for Medical Care?

How Many People In Canada Travel For Medical Care

The Fraser Institute conducts surveys on an annual basis for specialists.  The specialists are asked to provide data on the care their patients receive.  This research always produces an estimation of how long our wait times are but another area they also gain insights into are how many people in Canada travel for medical care outside of our borders.

The question asked on the survey is: ‘Approximately what percentage of your patients received non-emergency medical treatment in the past 12 months outside of Canada’. (1)  The number reported was 63,459 for 2017.  This survey is only sent to doctors in 12 specialties, those which have been documented to have the longest wait times.  If all specialties are not surveyed, that could mean, perhaps, that there are more than 63,459 Canadians leaving for medical care.

Reasons?

What were the reported reasons someone might travel for medical care? (*all reasons listed provided by Fraser Institute survey results)

⁃The inability to get quality care in a timely manner

⁃They have been sent out of the country by the public system due to lack of available resources or the procedure or equipment was not provided in their home jurisdiction

⁃ Concerns about quality and are seeking more advanced health care facilities, state of the art medical technologies or better outcomes

⁃To avoid some of the adverse medical consequences of waiting for care.  Those could include worsening of their condition, poorer outcomes following treatment, disability or death.

⁃To avoid a delay and make a quicker return to normal life.  

Canadians may leave the country for medical treatment that is not reported for this survey’s purpose.  Those could include dental care or cosmetic surgery.  These 2 are considered elective and not covered by the public health care system.  Services like these can also be very expensive in Canada, prompting individuals to look outside of the Canadian borders for cheaper prices.

Medical travel has been around for centuries.  It has gained increasing popularity in the US due to the cost of healthcare businesses face.  While health care is expensive in the US, there are many facilities that can provide affordable prices.  More and more surgical centers are following this trend to be competitive and lie right across the border.  There are no statistics out there to indicate where most Canadians travel for medical care, however, the US has been known to be the most popular destination due to its close proximity.

 

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com

 

  1.  https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/leaving-canada-for-medical-care-2017.pdf

Medical Travel Complications Insurance

When traveling out of the country you need to ensure that you and your family are protected in an emergency. Most Canadians have or purchase travel insurance. It covers them for emergency medical situations and trip interruption. So, what is medical travel complications insurance and how it is different from travel insurance? Although travel insurance and medical travel complications insurance may sound similar, those two insurance products are very different. They differ in who uses them, why and what is covered. Here is a little bit of info about both.

Standard Travel, Trip Interruption and Out of Country Medical Travel Insurance Policies

This type of insurance protects travelers for emergency medical issues, such as hospital, medical and paramedical, trip cancellation or interruption, lost or delayed luggage, and accident coverage, such as death or losing a limb. It is widely available and easy to obtain in most cases. Many companies in Canada and the USA offer policies to cover travelers outside of the country, travelers coming to the country and international students.

The main purpose of this insurance is to protect yourself and your family in case something unexpected comes up. Some of the companies also offer additional coverage services in case of a political unrest or natural disaster in the travel destination country. If you have a stable pre-existing condition you may also purchase coverage for an unexpected flare-up of the disease. Otherwise, it is extremely hard to find medical coverage for a disease that is not under control.

If you are traveling to receive medical treatment in another country, this insurance will not cover anything related to complications from your procedure.

Medical Travel and Complications Insurance

You will want to protect yourself in case something goes wrong when you travel outside of your home country for a surgery or medical treatment. All surgeries carry risks and you first should discuss those with your surgeon. Ask them how many cases they had that resulted in a complication or re-admission and why that occurred. It will give you a better idea of how to handle risk for your own surgery.

Even low-risk surgeries are not 100% risk-free. Usually, it is the client receiving treatment who is also responsible for all costs if a complication is to occur. Those costs can be high. Getting a medical complication insurance will provide you with a piece of mind and cost protection. All extra medical expense resulting from a complication will be covered.

It is an added bonus that the companies issuing medical complication insurance are experienced in their field. The will only ensure procedures at a reputable hospital and with a skilled surgeon. We have all heard of horror stories of people receiving bad care while abroad. Your facility will be double vetted – by your medical facilitator and your medical travel complication insurance company.

If you plan to have a surgery outside your home country, give Health Vantis a call and we can help you with obtaining a medical travel and complication insurance. Toll-free 1 877 344 3544 or email info@healthvantis.com

Combine Surgery With Travel

Combine Surgery With Travel

In today’s world, time is money and we all seem to be limited or stretched for both.  Taking care of your health seems to be put on the back burner when we are in this position in life. Is that really the best thing to do considering we need our health to be good at things?  How about planning your vacation smartly?  You need to have a procedure done but have put it off because of time or money.  Why not consider these 3 options for ‘killing 2 birds with 1 stone’ and combine surgery with travel?

If you are like me and had major surgery(s), you would probably agree the first few days you will want nothing but sleep and rest.  Minor procedures such as plastic surgery or dental work may not be as limiting, however, something like an orthopedic surgery will not allow for you to be taking long walks on the beach.  In fact, that would not be a good idea to be walking on sand after such surgery due to the unevenness which could result in another injury.  You can still combine travel with surgery, or at the least, make the best use of your time.

Combine Leisure Travel with Medical Travel

Summer is upon us and one of the best things about it is that you get to vacation! Are you limited on how many vacation days you are allowed for the year?  Have you ever thought about combining your surgery or procedure with your trip?  You may not get to enjoy the entire trip but you could go a couple days early to get in some of the sites.

Combine Your ‘Snowbird’ Vacation with Medical Travel

Canadians flock south every year to escape the cold and long winters.  Many have condos or second homes they own with Arizona, Florida and Texas as their destination.  They will spend months basking in the sun wearing sandals and shorts while their friends and family back home are bundled up in winter gear.  

This is an ample time to have your surgery, treatment or diagnostic test, especially if the surgery is a major one.   Having extended access to the surgeon or doctor without adding another flight will help keep your risk down. This also gives the doctor a better eye on monitoring you.  Most doctors are going to give post op care that’s included in their pricing. This helps keep the continuity of care if you are able to do all of your recovery in one place.  

Combine Your Business Trip with Medical Travel

Many Canadians travel to the US for business frequently.   This may or may not even require any additional vacation time depending on what you need to have done.  Diagnostic tests can easily be done in a matter of hours.  And if your company is footing the travel part of the trip, definitely coordinate what you need to have done.  If it’s a minor surgery, you may be able to fly within a day or two.

Popular Spots

Top destinations Canadians travel to in the USA during the summer are: Washington DC, Boston, Orlando or other historic destinations.  Snowbirds prefer Arizona, Florida and Texas.  Business travel includes Chicago, New York or Boston.   It just so happens Health Vantis has facilities in or near all of the destinations. If you need a surgery, contact Health Vantis to help you coordinate one of these trips for you.   

 

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com

Health Benefits To The Approaching Summer

What Are The Health Benefits To The Approaching Summer?

We can feel the sun on our face and it brings excitement and joy every time we realize that summer is almost here.  It is by far my favorite season.  Being able to shed winter layers for flip flops and shorts is what I look forward to every single year.  Some of the great things about summer are of the many.  High on that list are the health benefits it offers.  Below we have shared some of those:

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

Doesn’t it seem like we associate winter with heavy, comfort food?  But when summer approaches and we start to shed the extra layers, heavy meals suddenly don’t seem as appetizing but the colorful fruits and vegetables do. That is because the summer heat drives our hunger down as our bodies do not need to expend as much energy to keep us warm.  It tells our minds we only need something lighter to sustain us.  

Fruits and vegetable look so much more vibrant in the summer.  I am more apt to grab a piece of fruit as a snack now than I would in the winter based on esthetics alone.  It’s  local also time for the local Farmer’s Market’s to open back up with local vendors presenting their organic, wholesome, fresh food.  While some are open during the winter, the summer months present more excitement and color.

More Opportunities for Exercise

There is nothing worse than sitting behind a desk and staring outside to the beautiful sun shinning, envious of those out there enjoying it.  The sluggish feeling of winter fades and we are suddenly energized making us more productive, even at work.  This also affects the way we exercise.  

People naturally want to be outside.  Summer gives us more options on how and where to exercise.   Not everyone is a gym rat.  That can seem like a daunting, monotonous task but summer opens doors to activities that people love to do.  Things like gardening, mowing the lawn, hiking/walking, riding a bike, playing a game or sport with our children/grandchildren or swimming.  And what happens when you are in the sun and exercise or work outside?  You sweat!  Sweating detoxifies your body, which is another excellent health benefit. 

More Vitamin D

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins in our body for optimal health.  It strengthens our immune system, can play a role in cancer prevention, strengthens our bones, speeds up metabolism and improves the overall emotional health. 

   When exposed to the sun, our Vitamin D is replenished and stored.  

Over the years, with more awareness of the dangers of too much sun, we have been taught to block the rays out with sun screen.  People are also working more hours keeping them indoors and shielded them from the rays.  Due to this, many now suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency.  

Having a Vitamin D deficiency can cause you to have bone pain, muscle cramps, stooped posture, loss in height and weakness and tingling.  During the summer months it is easier to store up on your Vitamin D.  After coming off Melanoma Awareness Month we wouldn’t suggest you to disregard the yields to applying sun screen, but newer research has shown that exposing your body to a little bit of sunshine can actually be good for you.

Overall Feel Good Attitude

  Summer time offers us longer days and more opportunity for the sun to shine.  Having the extra daylight gives us more time to be outside and possibly get outdoor exercise in.  This can produce the happy endorphins more so than if you exercised indoors.  Regular sun has also been known to halt moderate depression.  There are individuals that have an illness called Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD), which is normally present during the fall and winter months.  Once summer arrives, it magically disappears.

Vacation!

Nothing rejuvenates your spirit and mental health like a vacation.  Taking a vacation, whether it’s a quick 3-4 day weekend get-away or a week off, can be beneficial to your overall well-being.  Summer presents more time for people to take time off work and spend it with their families.  Studies have shown over and over that stress can contribute to heart disease and high blood pressure.  Making the time to take a vacation not only gives you a break from the normal stressors of daily life but it can strengthen your relationships by spending quality time together.  

Summer is often a short lived season in Canada.  Make the most of it by watching less TV, putting the devices down and getting outside to explore all of the wonderful things available to us. A little bit of sunshine can go a long way!

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com

Travel Tips This Summer For Health and Wellness

Traveling this summer?

Listed below are travel tips this summer for health and wellness  – Traveling this summer doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with your health and wellness.  Of course, indulging and splurging are what vacations and summers are all about.  You can still have all of that but keep your health and wellness in check.  Here are some tips to achieve that:

Pack Your Running Shoes

Vacation is supposed to be fun during the summer but it is hard to stick to your exercise routine when you are traveling.  Besides, who wants to work out when they are on vacation? One way to still enjoy your vacation but still keep up some kind of exercise is to try something new. 

 This will not only give you a break from your normal routine or stuck in a gym but expose you to something you might not have tried otherwise.  Things that can still get the heart rate going but have some enjoyment in feeling like you are on vacation could be: taking a walk or run on the beach, hiking, surf boarding, paddle boarding, biking, golf, or yoga on the beach. Don’t forget to download a book on tape to listen to!

Make A Quick Stop To The Grocery

Eating small meals every couple of hours is always recommended for a healthy diet.  This is hard to maintain when you are traveling, especially when all you want to do is indulge in the local tasty treats you are surrounded with.  If time allows, make a quick stop to the grocery to pick a few easily portable, non-perishable items that will not melt in the hot sun.  Apples or grapes, mixed nuts/seeds or trail mix, beef jerky, carrots or celery, skinny pop, protein bars, roasted edamame, protein crisps, granola, raisins, or protein drinks are some great options.  If you don’t think you will have time to make a grocery stop, plan ahead and bring some of these items with you.  Hotels also have complimentary breakfast.  Grab an extra apple, banana, small peanut butter or granola bar on your way out.

Bring a Reusable Water Bottle

Water is going to be your best friend while you are on vacation.  Traveling in the summer often puts you in the heat more than usual.  Staying hydrated is very important so bring a reusable water bottle.  This will give you no excuse not to hydrate.  Most hotels will have ice machines.  You can fill it each morning before you head out for your day of fun.  You can also pack individual sports drink or energy boost powders to give you a little extra kick.  

If you are traveling to a foreign country, be sure to find out if it’s safe to drink water from the tap.  This will avoid any unpleasant stomach bugs.  To see if the country you are traveling to has safe water or food, download the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) Can I Eat This App.

Plan Your Meals Ahead Of Time

If you like to stick to a regular diet, you can still have a great time and enjoy the local restaurants.  All you need to do is plan ahead.  Most restaurants have menus with nutritional value posted on their websites.  Do the research ahead of time so you have some places in mind you can dine at that will keep you on your diet.

Protect Your Skin and Immune System

Traveling has the tendency to run your immune system down, even in the summer.  A few things you can do to protect yourself is to load up on your vitamin C and D.  And don’t forget the sunscreen!  (For risks of not applying your sunscreen, please read our article on Melanoma here) The worse thing ever is getting a sunburn on that first day and not feeling like being in the sun for the remainder of your trip.  Take a purse size hand sanitizer for when you do not have access to a sink and soap.

There is always that myth that you will not get a tan if you wear sunscreen.  This is absolutely not true!  It simply protects you from the harmful UVA and UVB rays.  The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends an SPF of 30 or higher and that is water resistant.  It will not prevent you from getting a tan, only from being exposed to the harmful rays and burning.  If you do get a burn, be sure to apply aloe quickly as this will help decrease the pain and heal things quicker.  

Don’t Forget About The Mental Health

If you are like me, you like to go full speed ahead and explore the minute you go on vacation.  While this is what taking a vacation if all about, don’t forget to take some downtime to rest your brain as well.  It is just as important to give your mind a break.  Stopping to take the time to be grateful of your surroundings and put all of the other stressors in your life to bed will give your mental health the well deserved break it needs.

Conclusion

Summer is supposed to be fun!  If you take a few extra steps, you can maintain your health and fitness and still have a great time.  A couple of really cool apps that might be helpful are posted on the CDC’s website that can give you tips for healthy travel packing, what can you eat or drink in certain countries. The CDC also has an app called TravWell that will allow you to create a customizable healthy travel packing list.  

Don’t forget about your immunizations too.  If you are traveling to another country, make sure to know the proper immunizations for that particular country and that you have them.  Not all countries require certain vaccinations but it is always a good idea to make sure you have the appropriate ones.  

Have a safe, healthy and fun summer!

Health Vantis

www.healthvantis.ca

877-344-3544

info@healthvantis.com

5 BS facts about medical tourism that people think are true

Medical travel can be rewarding and complicated at the same time. On one hand, you can get treated and feel better faster, on the other, you have to manage all the logistics and risks. Below are the untrue medical tourism facts and why they are such. You can make an informed decision about your health.

I have to fly across the globe to get a surgery

This one is really your choice. You can fly across the globe – let’s say from Canada to India if that is what you find to be the best possible care at the best possible price for you. However, we advise doing a thorough research of the procedure.  While it is true that some countries far away excel at a certain surgery, you will most likely find a similar, if not lower price within 4h flight from you. In fact, many Canadians can drive to a facility to receive private health care. Hiring a medical facilitator will pay off if you chose an agency with transparent pricing policy to do the job for you.

My doctor will be mad at me for going someplace else

According to our experience, it is highly unlikely. Most, if not all, Canadian doctors are aware of the waitlist situation and are sympathetic. In fact, Canadian physicians are encouraged to take steps to minimize the risks that medical tourism may present. The guidelines to follow from Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) are as follows:

  • Physicians should respect patients’ autonomy in seeking out-of-country procedures and other decisions regarding their healthcare.
  • Where appropriate, physicians should try to address to the best of their ability and knowledge questions from patients who are considering care abroad. They can also help patients minimize health risks associated with travel to certain countries.
  • Doctors should keep the lines of communication with patients open. For example, you could ask them to provide information about the medical treatment abroad, including their foreign medical record, and ensure the transfer of records is complete.
  • Be mindful of the patient’s need for follow-up care upon returning to Canada, including emergent care. Physicians should consider the urgency of the treatment required and their ability to provide information and follow-up care to the best of their ability and within the limits of their clinical knowledge.

 

I will not get the same quality of care as I can at home

This could not be further from the truth. Many surgeons and doctors working abroad were trained in the U.S., and have returned to their home countries to provide care to both local populations and medical tourists. However, depending on where you are going, you may have to do more research.

The USA and Canada follow very similar medical school and training requirements.  They are in fact the only two countries where an MD from USA and Canada can establish practices in either country without undergoing a re-certification. It is a unique arrangement and speaks highly of both countries’ medical education.

If you venture beyond those two countries, you will have to do a bit more research. Ensure that you check the doctor’s education and certifications as well as hospital accreditations. We wrote a blog on how to select your medical doctor and facility and encourage you to read it to get a better understanding of what is involved.

 

I have no legal recourse if something goes wrong

Any civilized country will have a law when it comes to pursuing legal action against a medical facility or doctor if something goes wrong. You are probably only familiar with the law in your country. The medical malpractice law in a country states who makes the decision, how you will be compensated and who will be paying the legal costs. A couple of things to mention:

  • Litigation costs in the US are twice those in other countries. Half of US payments go to legal costs rather than compensating patients
  • Other than the US, few other countries allow cases to be decided by jurors. Most use judges or administrative procedures to determine liability.
  • Canada and the United Kingdom impose caps on pain and suffering awards.
  • Most European countries prohibit contingency fees. The United States uses contingency fees.
  • Canada, Europe and Australia all have loser-pays provisions in their medical malpractice systems. The US does not.
  • Sweden’s average award for 2004: $22,000. US median award for 2005: $400,000 with 21% of awards being more than $1 million.
  • Internists in Canada pay between $1800 and $3200 per year for malpractice insurance. Internists in Cook County and Madison County, Illinois pay more than $41,000 per year.

The discussion of various countries malpractice laws is beyond the scope of this short blog. However, we can say that there are resources available to you if you have the time and desire to learn more.

My personal medical information is not safe

Medical facilities must follow a medical and personal information law in their country.  The nations of the Western world have similar perspectives toward privacy rights. In the US, that is HIPAA, and it is a very strict law when it comes to your records. European Union’s (EU’s) Directive on Data Protection and Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) regulate patient records and other sensitive information. If you are unsure about the privacy laws in the country of your intended travel, ask your medical facilitator.

If you are curious about traveling abroad for a procedure or surgery reach out to us. We offer a complimentary 1h consultation. Toll free 1877 344 3544 or info@healthvantis.com

Medical Travel and Comfort, 4 Tips To Create Yours !

Comfort for medical travel is one of the small but quite important things. Traveling for medical reasons can be filled with stress and anxiety. This puts you in a place where you do not want to be for your recovery after the procedure. We have talked about the impact of stress on the recovery in one of our blogs and there are ways to manage it. Traveling to get a surgery is not the same as traveling for pleasure.  How do you adjust and make it easier on yourself? Below are the points we make to our clients to help them make the best out of their medical journey.

Establish trust in your doctor and facility

Crucial to your overall sanity, the trust you build during the preparation and research stage of your medical journey can help alleviate a large portion of your nervousness and anxiety.  If you can talk to your doctor, voice your concerns, have many questions answered before you go, you are doing the right thing. We advise that you chose a doctor that feels like a friend, less like an outsider.

To do that, establish clear and available lines of communication with the facility. Ask them about the best way to get to know your doctor. We all know doctors are a busy bunch, but it is reasonable to ask for a video session or a phone call. Prior to the conversation do your homework so that your time is spent on you asking relevant and important questions: Read up on the doctors reviews (although do remember it is an open wide web, and sometimes things get out of control and may not necessarily reflect the reality), verify their Board Certification, write down the questions you have and don’t forget to ask about the number of surgeries performed, success, complications and infection rates for your particular procedure.

As for the facility, ensure they are located in a safe place of town; ask them about accommodations nearby and the transportation to the hospital as well as their infection and re-admission rates. If this is a surgical facility ask the question of what hospital they use in case of emergencies.

Get complications insurance

Complications happen to the best of the hospitals and doctors. Protect yourself from incurring the cost of treating a complication with insurance. Please note it is NOT the same as the regular travel insurance.   That only protects you from new and emergency conditions, and doesn’t cover anything pre-existing.

Bring some comforting things from your home with you

If you have a favorite candle, book, or anything else that you find comforting – a pillow, a blanket, a card from your kids or grandkids take it with you and set it up in your hotel room where you will be recovering. Another great stress reliever is music. Many music streaming services are available nowadays and you can create a favorite relaxing mix.

Stay Connected

Ensure that you have access to your family and friends via phone, video or email.  Even if you have a companion with you, a conversation with a friend before or after the surgery may help you talk through your anxiety.  It can also provide comfort as another opinion or insight.

If you have any questions or would like to tell us how you created comfort during your medical travel experience, please comment below or get in touch by email info@healthvantis.com or toll-free 877 344 3544.