A step-by-step guide for med­i­cal tourists by Dr Luis Toledo

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✱ Search for an ISAPs mem­ber to en­sure the prac­tice is in line with in­ter­na­tional health stan­dards.

✱ Re­search the doc­tor’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

✱ Sched­ule a pre-con­sul­ta­tion that may be con­ducted face to face, skype, phone or email.

✱ Make sure the sur­geon and hospi­tal staff can speak your lan­guage.

✱ Ob­tain a price for your surgery and en­sure that you have a clear un­der­stand­ing of what is in­cluded.

✱ For con­ti­nu­ity of care, make sure your doc­tor in your home coun­try is in­formed about your surgery and pro­vides any rel­e­vant med­i­cal records to your sur­geon.

✱ De­ter­mine your po­ten­tial re­cov­ery and af­ter­care needs. How long will it be be­fore you can re­turn home? What is the sched­ule for fol­low-up vis­its?

✱ Lo­cate emer­gency care providers where you are trav­el­ling to and at home.

✱ Where will you stay the night be­fore surgery and while you re­cover? Who will drive you to your ho­tel and help care for you af­ter surgery?

✱ Pack for help­ful items for surgery in­clud­ing: Cloth­ing that is easy to put on/take off – Spe­cial com­pres­sion gar­ments or a sur­gi­cal bra.

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