Replies: 12 - Last Post: Sep 16, 2013 6:45 AM Last Post By: Svween
Nov 19, 2012 5:41 PM
Medical tourismGood evening,
My mother learned from her doctor a couple of weeks back that she'll need hip replacement therapy. Since the waiting lists are awefully long here in Canada we discussed about medical tourism.
Does anybody here have any experice to share about medical tourism? It seems difficult to get unbiased information about it. We talked about Cuba b/c it's known that they have a kick-ass health system, but I'd like to know the implications of medical travelling from someone who has already expericended it.
Many thanks :)
Nov 20, 2012 12:06 PM
1I think some medical procedures are better in different countries, hip replacements I think are best done in Thailand if I am not mistaken...
Bangkok overall is far more advanced and modern than most of the Central America region when it comes to more complicated procedures, hearts and internal medicines...
Nov 21, 2012 1:59 PM
2Thanks for the rapid responses!
We are more in an "early stage" of the process. We are mapping out the options.
Jirijirimo - what were the key factors that made you choose the hospital in Managua? I mean, were there features there that you didn't find elsewhere?
SoloHobo - do you have data or ressources that indicate that indeed Bangkok is "far more advanced"?
Since it's the first time, hopefully, my mom will have to travel for an operation, we are unfamiliar with the process and I'm not sure how to compare the available options... I'm not sure I want to look into a facilitator just yet since their main goal is to book your trip, i want some unbiased info... :)
Thank you again!
Edited by: biochem
Nov 22, 2012 4:31 AM
3I went to Managua at first because the price was so attractive. My problem was a inguinal hernia. I went to the La Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social of which I am a member by residency and the procedure would be free but the Costa Rica social medicine calender for surgeries is overflowing and backed up with waiting lists that run to years. Next the private hospitals in Costa Rica. Quotes from $4000 and up. (still way cheaper then the U.S.) I wrote an email of inquiry to Hospital Bautista in Managua and the cost $1400 ( cash money)which included everything. I flew RT from San Jose on Natureair to Managua and stayed at a nearby hotel within walking distance and the whole experience was very satisfactory.
Nov 24, 2012 8:27 AM
4Hi there. You could consider my recommendation a biased opinion. But that's because during my many years in the service with tours of duty all over the world including south and central america I found the medical services in guatemala to be some of the best in the americas. Back in 1985 while visiting her folks my wife had a complete hysterectomy at Hospital Herrera LLerandi after being misdiagnosed at Gorgas Hospital in the old Canal Zone. Surfing the net I found this site http://www.guatemalamedicaltravel.com/
which can give you an idea of what you expect in guatemala. Click on general surgery to find "Hip Replacement" By the way that's what my wife underwent in Indianapolis about two years ago. If this hospital is above your budget I suggest you google "medical services in guatemala" to find another option. My oldest brother during a trip to guatemala had an emergency after suffering a brain aneurysm and was taken to a public hospital where he had a successful operation with a remarkable recovery. In guatemala you can find modern medical facilities for the well off patients using leading-edge technology. And I guarantee you from what I have experienced, services are better and still more affordable than any other country in central america including costa rica. Keep in mind Costa Rica has benefited attracting tourism from the bad rap that guatemala gets because of all the drug related crime. But in guatemala foreign tourists are not targetted by criminals including guatgemala city except for petty crime.
Jul 2, 2013 3:18 AM
5Hi biochem! I read your post on the forums about trouble in deciding where to travel for a certain medical procedure. I work for a start-up that tries to solve exactly this problem. I am trying to sell anything, I am simply interested to hear and talk about your experiences so that we can design our service to solve these problems in a better way. I would be very happy to talk to you so feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Jul 23, 2013 3:09 PM
6Well, I know many people travel to Europe instead because there you can find all kind of surgeries cheap and the quality is strictly regulated by the EU so its kinda the same as in US. If im not mistaken lithuania, latvia, poland are good destinations for that, hungary as well. wellness-travels.com is one of the operators, but there obviously are more that can have the procedures you need.
Jul 24, 2013 8:04 AM
7I doubt if any of the old soviet block countries are cheaper than any country in latin america. I'm sure they're still doing things the "russian way" just like in Cuba and politics still get on the way. If you think that bad things never heppened during surgery here in the US you need to start watching your local and national news.
Aug 9, 2013 2:41 AM
8I would be suspicious of any country that isn't safe and where hospitals are not certified... a friend of mine went to Portugal last month for breast augmentation and speaks wonders of it. She's happy with the results and it went smooth with the surgeon, hospital staff, etc. She used Medical Port , a Facilitator, which helped making the process quick and easy.
Aug 9, 2013 5:25 AM
9I have no idea who #8 is, no history here and could be a TOUT. So be very leary of anyone making any claims on this forum with no history. Buyer beware.
There are endless articles and info out there on this subject with a Googling. Keep in mind the advancements in surgical implants, like hip replacements, are mainly in countries with the access to the newest technologies, so not just a cheap procedure/surgery is always best, you could be getting a Hip replacement that is from 1990 era...
Cosmetic surgery is far less complicated than a major organ or ortho procedure.
Aug 10, 2013 12:03 PM
I'm currently working on a project to improve transparency in medical tourism so that those exploring this option can have more resources available for making the best decision. I'd really like to speak with you regarding your experience trying to find an international hip replacement option for your mother. If you would be willing to email me at email@example.com, I'd love to continue the conversation with you.
@Jirijirimo and @Delmonte, I'd really like to speak with you as well regarding your experiences in Managua and Guatemala, respectively. Would you mind emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org? I'd like to learn from your experiences to create a better tool for people who are currently exploring this option.
Aug 10, 2013 2:53 PM
Sep 16, 2013 6:44 AM
12Well, I went for my hip replacement in Lithuania through Wellness Travels and they do not seem anything like "the Soviet type" as you say... Everything was in high quality and I doubt if I could have got such treatment in the US, really... The clinic is a private clinic that specialize in patients from US with orthopedic problems (it is even called Baltic-American clinic); thus, they know what they are doing and are used to patients from here. The all-inclusive cost was around 10,000$, so I saved ridiculously a lot and got the service which was even better than expected. It is really silly if you think that US quality is the best because it is clearly not, you just need to travel to see that in countries that you do not even expect it is much better than here...
Edited by: Svween
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