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Although the number of Americans opting for medical travel may have increased during the past couple of years, mostly due to the rise in healthcare costs, not a lot of them know the risks associated with medical travel. Moreover, some of them don’t properly research the subject, especially if their sights are set only at the potential savings they can earn by having their medical procedures done outside of the US.
Health.CVS.com lists the following risks that people should know when considering medical travel:
• Consistency of care. Many things are involved in getting the proper health care, including ample preparations before and after surgery. Although overseas care is relatively safe, taking proper precautions is still advised, such as obtaining insurance coverage and getting a copy of the patient’s medical records prior to the return trip to the US, in case any complications may arise.
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• Legal complications. One of the many reasons why health care in the US is very expensive is that every patient has legal protection against anything that might go wrong during or after the procedure. Overseas care might not have such protections.
• Quality of care. Although a lot of hospitals overseas offer the same services, not all of them offer the same quality of care. This is why it is highly recommended for patients to seek care in overseas hospitals that are accredited by the Joint Commission International.
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Medical travel is not just about spending less for healthcare services. Knowing the risks that come with this option is important, as it could prevent financial and medical risks, which may be life-threatening.
Steven Lash, one of San Diego’s most prominent visionaries, established Satori World Medical in order to provide Americans with safe and efficient medical travel services. More information on how medical travel can help you is available on the company’s website.