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