According to some reports, medical tourism is over a $100 billion dollar industry. Some travel agencies tout “Medical Vacations” but fail to mention the possibility of dealing with complications or risking your health altogether.
Generally, medical treatment provided overseas are unregulated and are sometimes in conflict with US based medical laws. Furthermore, a person may not have much recourse in the event of malpractice suite except within the country where the surgery was performed.
In an era where insurance based medical procedures is limiting the patients choices, medical tourism does seem very tempting. However, one must consider all the pros and cons before deciding upon taking that trip to have medical procedures done elsewhere.
If cost is the only reason you are being drawn to medical tourism, it’s always best to speak with your health care provider and physician first to find workable alternatives. It can be as simple as negotiating the price of the procedure and then working out a repayment plan that can work for everyone.