Quality medical treatment overseas - let us be your guide

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Medical Questions

1. What if I can’t find the treatment I’m looking for on your website?

What if I can’t find the treatment I’m looking for on your website?

If you can't find the procedure or treatment you need in our healthcare network, please contact us. Our site only lists the most popular procedures, but the world class hospitals in our network provide a very broad range of medical procedures. Whatever the procedure you need, we will do our best to help you find a reliable, experienced provider to perform it.

2. How long will I have to remain overseas after my procedure?

How long will I have to remain overseas after my procedure?

This depends on the individual procedure. During your initial pre-travel consultation, your surgeon will advise you about the minimum length of stay in hospital and recommended recovery time. On discharge from the hospital, you will need to report back to your surgeon before you can depart.

Patients can stay as long as they like after their treatment is complete. Many choose to travel around their destination country. At Global Health Travel,  your health and wellbeing is our first priority. We want to ensure that there are no complications and that you have fully recovered and fly back home safely with a positive outcome.

3. What are the risks?

What are the risks?

All medical treatments and surgical procedures carry risks, although the risks are no greater than using a qualified surgeon in Australia or New Zealand. Our focus is to minimise the risks involved by working only with accredited hospitals and certified medical professionals who deliver the highest quality of care.

Depending on the extent of your surgery, travelling soon after an operation might greatly increase the potential for complications. The best solution is to allow plenty of time to recover in the country where the medical procedure is done.

4. What if my doctor advises against travelling overseas for healthcare?

What if my doctor advises against travelling overseas for healthcare?

You should certainly discuss your health travel plans in advance with your GP. While your doctor may have heard of medical tourism, you may need to educate them further by sharing some of our educational materials. Doctors may have a sceptical initial reaction to medical tourism, but we find they often become more receptive once they look into the actual hospitals, provider credentials and cost savings.

We are always happy to help you with the resources you need to discuss your plans with your doctor.

 

 

5. What leisure activities can I enjoy after my procedure?

What leisure activities can I enjoy after my procedure?

Your surgeon will advise you about what you can and can’t do, depending on the procedure you have had performed. In the case of invasive procedures, tempting holiday activities such as swimming are generally not permitted, and you should also avoid exposing the affected areas to the sun.

At Global Health Travel, our first priority is your health. We recommend you think of health travel as closer to a business trip than a holiday. You're there to get well; enjoying your destination can be a side benefit, but you shouldn't let it interfere with the main purpose of your trip.

6. Are the doctors and surgeons qualified?

Are the doctors and surgeons qualified?

As you'll find out when doing your research, most of the doctors, surgeons, and nurses in our hospital network have studied at prestigious universities around the world. Many of the doctors were educated and trained in Australia, US, and the UK and are certified to practise medicine in those countries.

Our Partner hospitals also offer excellent registered nurse coverage. Patients often find that the ratio of nurses to patients is significantly better than that in Western facilities.

7. Can my travel or health insurance cover me for overseas procedures?

Can my travel or health insurance cover me for overseas procedures?

No. Basic travel insurance will not cover you for any complications.You will need to check with your private health insurance provider if they will cover you for any complications when you return home. There are a number of different products on the market that provide medical travel cover for you at the destination and when you come home. Contact us for more information about the different products available to you. .

8. How do I know which hospital to use?

How do I know which hospital to use?

It's very important that you know as much as possible about the healthcare facility where you're planning to have your procedure done. Part of our job is working with you to make this decision.

The bottom line is: choose a hospital that you trust and feel comfortable with. As a paying customer, it is your right to ask as much as you need to establish whether or not to go ahead with a procedure.

See our accreditation section and research tools in the members' area for more information when researching healthcare facilities.

9. How do I choose which surgeon or doctor to use?

How do I choose which surgeon or doctor to use?

At Global Health Travel, we will work with you in doing your research and provide you with extensive information about the doctors in our network: their training, their experience in specific procedures, their success rates, and patient testimonials. Once you have registered on our website you will be able to access research tools to help you make informed decisions about doctors.