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What is Medical Tourism and Is It Right for You

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August 10, 2023

Medical tourism is hot and for good reason. When the only option at home is to get something done privately, you’re immediately paying through the nose. By travelling abroad, you can actually get those privately-funded treatments that aren’t covered by the National Health Service for less. This is true for any treatment, but it’s particularly popular amongst cosmetic options. 

Travelling to another country to get a healthcare like a hair transplant treatment may seem extravagant, but it can actually be one of the best ways to get what you’re looking for, for less. So many factors impact the price you pay, from the cost of services and staff to taxes, which means you can get more, for less, by going elsewhere. 

What To Keep in Mind With Medical Tourism 

One thing that you need to be very careful of when travelling abroad to get any treatment is who you go to. You need to trust the clinic and physicians providing the service, and you need to also trust in their results. A good way to do that is by choosing clinics that exist in multiple locations. If you visit, for example, you’ll quickly learn that they have a clinic in London and Dubai – so you know they’re a company to trust. 

What Kind of Price Difference Can You Expect? 

It’s important to remember that the price will vary drastically depending on what you need doing. When considering plastic surgery, a lower body lift is going to be more expensive than eyelid surgery. The cost of travel is also something you’ll need to factor in. Sometimes the savings you can expect by going abroad will immediately be outweighed by the cost of flights and hotels. In some cases, the prices are the same as back home. 

That’s why it’s always important to do your research and get quotes. Getting quotes inside your country and outside of it can help you make the best decision based on overall cost, results, and safety. 

How to Find a Quality Option 

Having an international presence is one great way to start the vetting process, but it isn’t the only factor you need to consider. You should look at testimonials, the clinic’s certifications, who is working there, and more. Going out of the country and paying privately for medical care means it’s entirely on you to do your due diligence. If this is too much or you’re nervous, stick with the quality clinicians at home. You can save up, work out a payment plan, or look into alternative financing options to get the dream cosmetic results you’re after. Keep in mind that the price difference in some countries, for example, USA to UAE, can be more than half, even though UAE isn’t the cheapest destination. 

When To Go Where It’s More Expensive 

That being said, going where it’s cheaper isn’t always the best fit for everyone. If you want the absolute best results, which can only be found by a select few clinics or clinicians, then traveling to the best of the best is a great idea. So long as you have the budget for the full price of the treatment, then you’re good to go! 


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