Health Tourism: Traveling Or Treatment? Why Not Both?

Health Tourism: Traveling Or Treatment? Why Not Both?
08 Aug 2023

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    Health tourism, going to another country for treatment which means a travel and treatment combination can be seen as a new concept. However, when we look back on history, it can be understood that it has a very important role in culture. For instance, In ancient times and the Middle Ages, people used to travel to spa towns for health. 

    As we mentioned above, the health tourism concept is both new and has a traditional side. Health tourism has many benefits like giving you the chance to improve yourself by meeting new cultures as you recover.

    In this article, we will focus on the benefits of health tourism and finding top-quality healthcare services abroad. In the second part of the article, you can read about the factors to consider when planning health tourism. In the last chapter, we will talk about safety and regulations in health tourism.

    Benefits of Health Tourism

    Health tourism has many benefits. Even meeting new people and discovering another part of the planet itself improves someone’s health condition. If we think that way and understand health is an overall concept and people have both psychological and physical needs. Some of the other benefits of health tourism can be lined up as below:

    • Budget-friendly prices: Compared to health service prices in countries like the States and The UK, you can have the same quality health services at much fewer prices in Turkey. If you like to know more, please, do not hesitate to contact Ekol International Hospitals patient help service staff. They will be happy to answer your questions.
    • Very experienced surgeons and medical staff:  In Turkey which is the of the main destinations for health tourism in the world, surgeons are experts in their field. As they perform more surgeries than colleagues in Western countries, they are getting more and more experienced and if you add this to the country’s solid healthcare system,  the country becomes a perfect place for a candidate.
    • Vacation opportunity: Before having a surgical procedure, you can visit cultural sites and as long as your surgeon approves, swim on the Aegean and Mediterranian coasts of the country, and get fitter before the operation day.

    Finding Top-Quality Healthcare Services Abroad

    There are factors you should consider when looking for healthcare services abroad. Search and gather information about the health system of your target country or country. Make sure that international standards of health care are provided.

    It can be valuable to consult a medical tourism agency or seek advice from trusted sources such as doctors, friends, or family members who have had positive experiences abroad.

    Also, check if the destination has a streamlined process for medical visa applications and research available insurance coverage for international patients.

    In light of all this, establish open and honest communication with healthcare providers. This will help you make an informed decision and find top-quality healthcare abroad.

    Factors to Consider When Planning a Health Tourism

    If you are planning health tourism or medical tourism you should consider several factors. Surely, some of these factors depend on each person’s needs and expectations. Talking generally, some of the factors you should consider before going abroad for health tourism can be lined up as below:

    • Research about the hospital: After deciding about the destination, and hospital, you should research in detail the hospital where your operation will be carried out by the surgeon.
    • Research about the surgeon: Speaking of surgeons, you should also learn every detail about your surgeon. Ask them questions like, “How many operations have you carried out so far?” or “What are your certifications?”.
    • Find a friend or relative: You are about to leave home for a health issue in a different country, a place you may have not been before. So, you need emotional support as well as professional care for the postoperative period.
    • Book a hotel room: Make sure you have a place to stay. As Ekol International Hospitals, we do all the planning for you including booking a hotel room. All you need is to contact our friendly patient help service. 

    Safety and Regulations in Health Tourism

    Safety and regulations are one of the most important concepts both for hospitals and patients. A certified hospital must provide all safety measures even from the first phone call from the candidate person to feel them they have found a professional health center. The hospital must explain everything about medical procedures to the candidates. For instance, if a person is considering a rhinoplasty in Turkey, the hospital must be sure, the candidate understood everything about this aesthetic procedure which is a part of cosmetic surgery tourism.

    They also must make sure that the patient candidate understands that all regulations are according to international standards in the hospitals. The best way to do that is to inform candidates about every step of what will happen when they consider having surgery in the hospital. Another important thing is to advise them about the city where the hospital is located. Where are the places they should not go, what are the emergency numbers, how is the public transport in the city...

    As soon as you reach us via phone and e-mail, you can make sure, as Ekol International Hospitals, we will answer all your questions in detail, and plan every stage of your journey to Izmir, Turkey.


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