Cheaper But More Precarious

Updated on July 6, 2018 in Medical Tourism
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There are some countries offering medical procedures, including Bariatric surgery, in low cost. Is it a good idea to compromise the quality of the procedure for a cheaper cost? How should we determine whether a country has a good reputation on surgical procedures?

 
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0 on July 4, 2018

Hi James,

I think this is a great question, as there are numerous things to consider.  Personally, I wouldn’t go to another country to get a surgery done for several reasons.  It may be cheaper, but if the procedure isn’t done right, there could be serious complications afterward.  The complications may not only cause health issues, but they may cost a lot (financially) to deal with.  I’d be nervous about going to a country to have the surgery done where English is not the primary language as well.  

When I’m going through something scary, I personally like being in familiar surroundings with people I know and trust nearby.  I think that the support family and friends give us when we undergo medical procedures is critical for our recovery.  

What are your thoughts, James? 

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0 on July 4, 2018

I like to have a healthy body and that is why I want to have a gastric sleeve surgery. I love traveling and if possible I like to recover in a place where I can really relax. So I’m thinking of going to another country and do the procedure there as long as they can successfully do the operation.

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0 on July 5, 2018

Do a quick search online, and we can probably come up with a list of potential countries. (That’s how I found South Korea.)

The problem comes after. There are hundreds of clinics whose reputations we do not know, so further research is necessary. How safe is the cheap place? If we go this far for our health, should we really compromise?

It sounds no different than taking the surgery in our own country despite the high price.

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0 on July 6, 2018

The surgery can be cheaper in a different country compare to a hospital near you, but the general cost might become higher, especially with the recovery period and the travel expenses. You can opt to travel after your body have adjusted to your post-op diet. I strongly suggest that you separate your pleasure travel from your medical treatment.

 

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