Who Can Help Coordinate Weight Loss Surgery Abroad?: Hospitals, Weight Loss Surgery Centers, Medical Travel Agents
Despite the common “Medical Tourism” title, the primary goal
travel is to have a successful procedure for a lower cost – not tourism. If you have the vacation time, you and your companion can
explore your destination country before surgery, but you should plan to
take it easy afterwards.
In addition to learning about and feeling completely
the concept of surgery abroad, patients investigating weight loss surgery Mexico or medical travel
in general will need assistance in…
- Coordinating care between physician(s) at home and the
- Completing the necessary paperwork
- Obtaining the proper travel documents
- Arranging travel and tourism logistics (i.e. flights,
after-surgery resorts, in-country assistance, travel documents, etc.)
- Preparing for a new culture
This is where medical travel agents and the more advanced international hospitals and weight loss surgery centers will step in to help. The best agencies and hospitals/centers will…
- Provide you with user-friendly educational information
about weight loss surgery Mexico (or other countries) and medical
travel in general
- Facilitate interaction with and coordinate care between
your surgeon abroad and hometown physician
- Streamline the paperwork
- Coordinate the highest quality travel partners, including
transportation, lodging and vacation packages if applicable
Medical travel agents’ services differ from those of the best international hospitals in one key way: they find and interact with multiple qualified surgeons and hospitals on your behalf and help you choose which is best for you… for a price.
If you find a few surgeons and hospitals on your own that fit your requirements, we recommend first working with them directly. If the surgeon’s hospital is JCI-accredited and the surgeon and their team meet your criteria, find out if they can help with the bulleted items listed above.
If they can do everything on the list, there’s no need to pay for a medical travel agent.
Double-check Work from Weight Loss Surgery Mexico or Other Medical Travel Agent
Regardless of how confident you feel about your medical travel agent’s abilities, it’s always a good idea to double check their work by interviewing the surgeon directly.
After all, you’re the one having surgery, and it’s important that you feel comfortable with your surgeon and hospital beforehand.
If your prospective surgeon’s team or hospital cannot do everything on the list (and you’d like the help) or if you’re struggling with which hospital or surgeon to go with, a good medical travel agent’s fees may be worth it.
Ask your chosen medical travel service directly about their
services and charges as
each is different. They are usually paid through a fee that is often
bundled into the packaged price negotiated for your treatment.
If the surgeon or hospital you found on your own does not help with tedious activities such as travel arrangements and coordination of care with your doctors at home, a good medical travel agent…
- Will take an enormous amount of work off of your plate by
everything for you which leaves you to focus on preparing for surgery.
- Knows the process, so you can feel confident that no
step will be
- Is experienced in working directly with hospitals
As a result, their negotiated savings can be more than you
could arrange by yourself. The savings may even
offset their fees.
It is common practice for agencies to provide you
with a packaged price for their service then ask for a deposit. Your
designated agent will provide you with enough information to get
- Data on specific treatment centers and physicians for weight loss surgery Mexico (or other countries)
- Advice on medical records and in-country procedures
- Telephone consultation with physician or surgeon
Next you’ll decide whether or not you want to engage their
you don’t, you lose your deposit (which pays them for the work they’ve
already done). If you do move forward, you’ll pay another installment –
usually between 25 and 50% of the entire packaged price.
Another payment will be due prior to surgery, and then the
payment is paid when leaving the hospital.
There are also medical travel agents that you “pay as you go”
They are a referral service rather than the full-blown broker described
above. The PYG medical travel agents provide information about
hospitals and physicians, airfares and vacation opportunities, but they
rarely stay involved afterwards.
Additional Plastic / Weight Loss
Surgery Mexico & Abroad Online Resources
Drugs for regulations about bringing prescriptions back into the US
Immunization recommendations –
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations
information at the
IRS site. Type
“medical deductions” in the search box provided and scroll down to find
the most recent information.
If you decide to work with an agent, we recommend working with brokers to make sure you don’t miss
The last thing you need is to arrive in a different country and realize
that there are still loose ends to figure out.