Post-treatment care poses a major risk in medical tourism


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There have been various debates in the past regarding ethical medical policies in medical tourism. Although people are concerned about the post-treatment of their disease or medical procedure, they are not deterred for traveling abroad to alleviate their medical woes. There is no justification why the patient should rather not rely upon his own country’s medical facilities. A simple answer, because they may not be adequate for the patient or his family. If a patient is reduced to a desperate and frustrated position due to his own country’s medical laws, costs and disinterested doctors, he will of course turn to other countries to solve his problems.

This is where various medical tourism companies come in. They offer packages and deals that are affordable and sensible. For people staying in the US, the price difference between treatment in their own country and in someone else’s country, like India, is huge. A medical procedure in the U.S. might cost something between $10,000-50,000, and the same operation with the same facilities and maybe even with the same doctors sometimes, would set you back by $6,000-$10,000 in places like India. More than a million Americans have travelled for medical treatments abroad in the last one year. It is expected the number will continue to rise because even though the government is trying its best to cause healthcare policy reforms, it is not exactly affecting the people in a big way. The cost of medicine and healthcare in the U.S. is still a lot compared to countries in Asia like India, Thailand, Singapore, etc. In fact, countries like Malaysia, Philippines and even Columbia have world-class facilities and much lower costs.

The only argument that goes against the medical traveler is of medical safety and precautions being used and post-treatment care. The problem is that if there are any complications during the treatment of the patient and these complications show up when he gets back to his country, the doctors there might refuse treatment because they would consider the previous medical procedure performed in some country as detrimental to the patient. There are other associated problems like organ trade for which people and sell of their own organs for money. They might even want to go for medical treatments that are considered unlawful and unconstitutional in their own country like stem cell transplantation, abortion, etc.

Summary

People are being cheated in their homeland and that is the reason people are being exploited in foreign countries in the name of medical tourism.