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Medical Tourism (Travel For Medical Care)

Step 6. Budget Your Treatment And Trip. Compare To Costs At Home.

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Your travel budget depends in large part on the way you travel and your lifestyle.

When budgeting as part of a decision making process:

  • You do not need to know the exact dollar each item costs. Estimate in ballpark terms. You can refine the numbers if the costs seem comparable, or when you start to make reservations.
  • Many people do not want to be alone while traveling for treatment and take a companion. If you will pay for the cost of a companion, include the costs in your budget.

Items to consider are:


  • Legal documents
    • Passport
    • Visa
  • Costs at home
    • Baby/pet/house sitter
  • Travel 
    • Air/Boat/Train
  • Treatment
    • Cost of the treatment
    • Cost of other doctors who are likely to consult, if any
    • Ancillary costs such as drugs
    • Hospital room and the like
    • Lab charges
    • Tips for the staff
    • Other charges
  • Post Treatment
    • Lodging while recuperating
    • Physical/occupational therapy
    • Medications
    • Local Transportation
  • Vacation (if you will take additional time to tour)
    • Travel (air/boat/train/car/taxis)
    • Sleeping accommodations
    • Food
    • Touring costs
    • Entertainment
    • Other


  • Cost of treatment - uninsured portion only 
  • Recovery costs
    • Home health aide/nursing care
    • Food
    • Uninsured physical/occupational therapists
    • Medications

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