How Much Should I Budget for My Medical Tourism Trip?
Your particular lifestyle, the medical tourism destination, and the type of medical
tourism procedure you will be undergoing will dictate, to a large degree, how much
money you will be spending. In general, the farther away your medical tourism destination
the more you will pay for airfare. So, for example, expect to pay more if you are
flying from Dallas to Bangkok, Thailand, than you would for a flight to Monterey,
Mexico. At the same time you also need to take into account that some medical tourism
destinations are more expensive than others. So even if a particular country is
cheaper to travel to, you will need to factor in the relative cost of “living”,
in comparison to another medical tourism destination.
What about your lifestyle preferences? Do you plan to stay at a five star hotel
or are you comfortable “roughing” it at a local bed and breakfast? Some adventurous
souls prefer to immerse themselves in the local culture and will literally live
on a shoestring budget. Most everyone else though will tend to fall somewhere between
the Holiday Inn and Club Med.
The type of medical tourism procedure or medical tourism treatment you are undergoing
will also play a large part in your decision of where to stay and what you will
do. A medical tourism patient undergoing open heart surgery or a knee replacement
will require extra care and very comfortable conditions after leaving the hospital.
Not the case for someone coming for a dental bridge or an eyelid lift. Wherever
you decide to stay, make sure it serves your needs as a medical tourism patient.
Many of the expenses of a medical tourism trip will be the same as those of a “normal”
trip or vacation. At the very minimum you will need to budget for airfare, hotel
accommodations, transportation requirements and meals. Sightseeing tours and souvenirs
are also a real possibility, particularly if you are traveling with a companion.
Although there are exceptions, expect to pay more if you plan to use the services
of a medical tourism facilitator than you would if going at it alone. They will
assist you with obtaining your passport, booking a flight, coordinating your lodging
and pretty much helping you arrange every detail of your medical tourism trip (by
the way, some hospitals provide these services as well). Note that most medical
tourism facilitators and some international hospitals will include many of the above
elements within a total package price (minus the tours and souvenirs). You will
still be paying for these services but having everything packaged together will
make your life much easier.