MED­I­CAL TOURISM: THE HOW-TO

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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.

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