Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences (whether you’re going across states or overseas), but what if you’re traveling to receive treatment or for a medical emergency? Is the experience still worth it? The answer is yes. It’s important to always think about the positive rather than spending the entire duration of your trip thinking about the negative effects that could go wrong. That’s because there’s only so much that we can control as humans. That being said, if you love traveling and have a scheduled a medical treatment abroad that requires you to fly from one location to another, take advantage of the getaway.
So, whether you’re a patient concerned about expenses; or a patient who’s hesitant about undergoing minor surgery, there are things you can do to prepare yourself ahead of time. Here are three ways to have a great experience and see the results you want from your trip.
What You Need to Do When Receiving Medical Treatment Abroad
While there is no way to prepare for an illness like cancer, there are ways to prepare for cancer treatments. This means that when you have your consultation and confirm that you want to go forth with your treatment, make sure you listen closely to what doctors are telling you. This information might include how soon you can start traveling again; and what steps need to be taken in order for you to get your health on the right path again immediately following treatment. If you’re traveling overseas to get medical treatment abroad, this information is even more critical than usual. If you need something you cannot just simply call a family member or friend to bring it to you.
With that in mind, it’s always best to speak to your domestic or overseas doctor to make sure you have a routine in place for time spent away from home and time spent on a plane. You should also make arrangements ahead of time for any aftercare you might need when you’re back from your trip. Keep in mind, your preparedness could make the difference between a good recovery experience and a bad one.
Do Your Research
Before traveling to a specific location for medical treatment abroad, you should always do your research beforehand. In this case, however, the term “research,” not only involves doctors and treatments, but financial research as well. When patients are sick and forced to travel, those medical expenses won’t go down overnight. Instead, they’ll be high in the sky – where the airplanes are. While this should be the last thing on your mind, the truth is, the burden of heavy debt from traveling can also weigh you down and prevent a full recovery. So rather than stressing out, come up with ways to eliminate some of your expenses.
If, for instance, you decide to use your credit card to help minimize your medical expenses, then consider a payment plan as an option. In fact, they are the simplest and most common way to resolve a hospital bill that you simply can’t afford. You can also eliminate additional debt on your credit card by paying the smallest debt first. That way, you’ll still be making monthly payments and won’t get hit with outrageous late fees. As you do research and search for flights, be sure to ask if there are billing charges; or any other hidden fees for that matter, associated with the payment. That way, you can assess the affordability and have knowledge about the costs before it’s too late.
Pack the Right Traveling Essentials
What are the first things you’d normally pack before a trip? While some travelers might reach for their headphones or pillow, individuals traveling for medical treatment abroad shouldn’t necessarily reach for those things first. Instead, they’ll have to prioritize their medical traveling essentials. So, what’s the first thing patients should reach for when traveling for medical purposes? The answer: proper documentation. Before you leave the comfort of your home to travel, you should do your best to gather all the necessary documentation needed for airport security and most importantly, doctors. Once you have all your belongings packed, you can then double and even triple check to make sure that you have everything you need. This is especially important if you’re traveling overseas for treatment.
Making your trip more comfortable
For your comfort, you can also consider taking additional items to ensure that you’re comfortable and entertained throughout the trip as well. For example, you can add the following to your checklist:
- An iPad
- Travel size pillow
- Plug adaptors
- Handheld devices
The number of items you need to take on a trip all has to deal with how you’re staying at your destination. The items should not only provide comfort, but should provide useful information as well for physicians, nurse; and other medical staff members. While traveling for medical procedures has the ability to solve one problem, it also has the ability to create other problems as well if you aren’t careful. Anytime you travel far from home there is always a risk of something unexpected happening, which is why it’s important for patients to be mindful about the items they bring with them during their time spent away from home. After all, just because you’re traveling for medical purposes doesn’t mean you can’t get away from treatment to catch a breath of fresh air.