The Dangers of Medical Tourism

Medical tourism refers to traveling abroad for medical care. A growing number of people in the United States travel internationally for plastic surgery procedures – particularly because cosmetic procedures are not covered by health insurance and can be much cheaper in foreign countries. Popular cosmetic surgery tourism destinations include India, Mexico, the Philippines, Costa Rica, and Thailand. Traveling to an exotic location for a treatment or procedure that is cheaper than it would be in the United States sounds like it’s too good to be true – because that’s almost always often the case. Communication between you and your doctor, for starters, may be difficult and can lead to misunderstandings and miscommunication. Patients who travel overseas are also typically not well informed about safe hospital practices. The blood supply in some countries may not be screened and medication is not always of good quality. In addition, flying after surgery increases the risk of blood clots. Should something go wrong during or after surgery, there are legal protections in the United States that will protect you. Many other countries do not have these protections for patients. At Atlanta Aesthetics, we caution against medical tourism. If you are considering traveling overseas for a cosmetic surgery procedure because of cost, we encourage you to explore our financing options. With financing via Prosper® Healthcare Lending or CareCredit®, patients can alleviate worries about cost. Schedule a consultation with Atlanta Aesthetics to explore financing options and protect yourself from the dangers of medical tourism.