How does Medical Tourism Work?

The first step for a patient seeking medical treatment overseas is to either contact a medical tourism operator or contact the international admissions office of a hospital directly. Many overseas hospitals have their own staff especially assigned to work with patients from overseas. The patient provides current medical reports; either a consultant at the medical tourism company or a doctor from the hospital will then provide feedback on the medical condition, recommended procedures, price and duration of stay. Then either the medical operator or the hospital's international patient department provides information about whether a visa is necessary and instructions on procuring a visa. Sometimes this requires an invitation letter from the hospital, depending on the country. The patient then travels to the hospital to undertake the procedure, usually coordinated by an on-the-ground case executive assigned to the patient. Often the patient will tour the country before or after the procedure is completed.

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