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Risks Of Medical Tourism

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  • It is difficult to learn information:
    • About a doctor's qualifications and background.
    • About a facility and the breadth and depth of the other doctors and staff. It's the nursing staff that will take care of you on a day-to-day basis.
  • Although many doctors have been trained in the U.S. and speak English, many hospitals rely on interpreters which increases a risk of misunderstanding.
  • You will be far away from your support systems.
  • Unless you're willing to stay in the country for a sufficient period of time, follow-up care may have to be at home (by a doctor other than the one who did the procedure).
  • You will be on your own if there are later complications.
  • Touring may be limited because of your condition or as a result of the procedure for which you're traveling.
  • If you are damaged by the doctor, hospital or treatment, seeking reimbursement for your loss can be difficult, if not impossible. According to reports, it may also be difficult to find an experienced U.S. doctor who is willing to treat you.

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