MEDICAL TOURISM: THE HOW-TO
Once you’ve made your decision to pursue treatment overseas, what’s the next step? “The whole experience really was stress free,” says Richards. “The process is as simple as contacting your chosen medical provider, providing the relevant medical reports and diagnosis, settling on a hospital and doctor, and approving a quotation. Sign some documents, obtain a visa, then jump on a plane.”
Using an agent, such as Thailand-based Healthcare Hands (healthcare-hands. com), will ensure you’re looked after when you’re on the ground. Agent services offer airport pick up and drop-off, 24-hour concierge support, the use of a local mobile phone, escort to surgery, daily nursing service and hospital admissions.
Such services can even organize a personal assistant or additional services, such as shopping and therapeutic massage. Specialist areas: Cosmetic surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology. Revenues: $4.3 billion, 2013.