Overcoming the fear

It is okay to go for Overseas Medical Treatment; as long as you have the right information.

The fear of going overseas for medical treatment is what stops many people from considering this option. Others may not even be aware that they can travel overseas to get treatment for complex conditions.

It is okay to go for Overseas Medical Treatment; as long as you have the right information.
The fear of going overseas for medical treatment is what stops many people from considering this option. Others may not even be aware that they can travel overseas to get treatment for complex conditions.

If you are in either of those categories (fearful of going overseas for treatment or not aware that it is an option) you should know that many people have received their treatment overseas, the treatment has been successful, and their experience has been excellent. For example, Elsie from Kenya travelled to Thailand for her treatment and here is what she had to say when writing a review:

“Bumrungrad Hospital was exceptional. The facilities, the layout, the processes, the equipment, the staff and the doctors were all exceptional. I could not have imagined a better hospital. If I need to undertake medical treatment again in the future, I will only do so at Bumrungrad International.”

– Elsie – Kenya – Shoulder Treatment, 2018

Research

Overseas medical treatment can be excellent and affordable. However, one should be careful to choose the right place for treatment.

There have been several cases of people who have travelled overseas for medical treatment, only to find themselves in very low-quality hospitals, contrary to their expectations. You need to be informed. Research! Research! Research! But before embarking on the research you should know that it is not that easy to find the right place for treatment as there are so many hospitals around the world to choose from.

Remember, as you carry out your research, to take time also to find out about the country you are considering going to for your treatment. Different countries have different regulations for international patients using their hospitals. For instance, in some countries like India and Thailand, an organ donor can only be a relative of the patient while in others like Turkey, a donor need not be a relative to donate their organ (subject to the hospitals ethical committee approvals).

Researching overseas treatment options can be a long and tiresome process. Check online, talk to people you know who may have been to some of the hospitals you are considering. Alternatively, you could ask your doctor whether they can recommend any hospitals that offer quality medical treatment. If you find more than one hospital which may be suitable, you can get a treatment plan from each of them and then decide which would be the best for your needs (or those of your loved one if you are doing the research for them).

Why should you consider travelling overseas for medical treatment?

Overseas medical treatment has become common around the world, including in Africa with millions of people travelling from their home countries to get treatment overseas for complex conditions. If you still do not know why you should consider overseas medical treatment for yourself or your loved one, here are some reasons why you should:

Advanced medical equipment

The availability of advanced medical equipment is one major factor why many people choose to go overseas to get treatment. Examples of this equipment are:

  • The da Vinci robotics surgical system, which is used to perform minimally invasive surgeries on organs such as the kidney, and for cancer treatment surgeries such as for prostate cancer.
  • The Biograph 64 PET/CT scanner, which is used to carry out diagnostic procedures for complex conditions such as cancer more effectively and efficiently.
    Advanced equipment such as the Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted system, which allows for faster recovery time, shorter hospital stays, and a less scary and less painful experience for patients.
  • State-of-the-art laboratories such as the automated laboratory at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand which ensures faster and more accurate results.

Quality Facilities

Some overseas hospitals have state-of-the-art facilities. An example is the automated laboratory at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand which can carry out 3,000,000 tests annually.

Many overseas hospitals provide quality accommodation for their patients, some with hotel-like features such as cable television, Wi-Fi, a lounge area for visitors and a 24-hour room service. These additional services can help make patients feel comfortable in an environment more conducive to quality treatment and a less stressful recovery process.

Experienced specialists

Many overseas hospitals have a wide variety of specialists with a great depth of medical experience in dealing with complex medical conditions such as cancer and knee replacements, and conditions that require aesthetic surgery. Most doctors in leading overseas hospitals are part of a large network of doctors. An example of this is the Mayo Clinic Network, a network which brings together some of the best medical professionals, from every medical specialty, to advance knowledge in medicine aimed at providing comprehensive care to patients.

Shorter waiting Times

Patients can enjoy relatively short waiting times for treatment plans, test results and the start of their treatment. This speed can make treatment more effective for conditions such as cancer, which if diagnosed in the early stages, can be treated more effectively thereby increasing survival rates for cancer sufferers.

Accreditation from globally recognised bodies

Some overseas hospitals are accredited by bodies such as Joint Commission International (JCI). JCI is a body which gives accreditation to hospitals that provide patients with care and safety to American standards. Patients at such hospitals can be more confident of receiving high quality treatment.

What do you require when travelling overseas for medical treatment?

For most people, the entire process of travelling overseas can be quite challenging, especially if they do not know where to start. To make it a bit easier and more understandable for you or your loved one, here is a list of some of the things you will need to travel overseas for medical treatment:

  • Medical records: You should have your medical records from your local hospital. This is important because most overseas hospitals will request that the records be sent to them, so they can provide an accurate treatment plan or advise you properly concerning your condition.
  • Treatment Plan: Once you have received a treatment plan from a hospital and you have decided that the hospital is suitable for you, and once you have got your finances in order for your treatment, you can then start planning your travel. You should start thinking about arranging your flights and accommodation as well.
  • Letter of invitation: Getting a letter of invitation from the hospital you have chosen for your medical treatment can quicken the process of getting a visa for your treatment destination.
  • Visa: You will need to obtain a visa for your treatment destination.

Medical Tourism Facilitators

The process of seeking overseas medical treatment has its challenges, and it can be made even more hectic if you have no idea where to start. These challenges have led to the rise in medical tourism facilitators like International Medical Treatment Limited (IMT), aimed at taking the burden off your shoulders.

International Medical Treatment (IMT) is an overseas medical treatment facilitator whose focus is to make the process of seeking medical treatment overseas easier for patients from around Africa. Every patient using IMT’s services is assigned a client coordinator who:

  • Helps the patient to pick a hospital after having come to understand the patient’s needs.
  • Sends the patient’s medical reports to the hospital the patient has chosen to use for treatment (or sends the medical records to more than one hospital so that the patient is provided with treatment plans from different hospitals).
  • Discusses the treatment plan with the patient and creates a full costing for the patient to help the patient plan well for their treatment.
  • Sends the patient a letter of invitation from the hospital the patient has chosen. This assists the patient in getting a visa more rapidly and easily.
  • Helps book accommodation for the patient.
  • Books all the medical appointments before the patient travels.
  • In most cases, helps to organise a complementary airport transfer on arrival from the airport to the accommodation or straight to the hospital.
  • Assists with any issues that may arise during treatment and helps to get any clarifications from the hospital such as for pricing queries.
  • Follows up when the patient is back home and ensures that the patient gets back all their medical records from the hospital overseas.

The IMT client coordinator is there for the patient throughout the entire treatment process and is available whenever the patient needs assistance.

IMT works with some of the best hospitals overseas in India, Thailand, The UAE and Turkey. IMT does not charge for its coordination service and all payments are made directly to the hospitals. Patients pay no more than they would have paid than if they had dealt with the hospital directly themselves. You get the IMT coordination service effectively for free. Can it get better than this? You will have someone to walk with you and arrange things for you throughout your journey at absolutely no extra charge.

This is what one of IMT’s clients had to say;

“IMT was influential in my journey to visit Apollo Ahmedabad, India for bone marrow transplant to help treat me for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. They rendered assistance from getting me a treatment plan, visa acquisition to travelling, provided accommodation upon arrival in India, and kept tabs of my progress during the duration of the treatment. They offer a selfless service I must say.”

– ABDULWAHEED – Nigeria – Bone Marrow Transplant for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, 2018

You should consider using a medical treatment facilitator. By using a facilitator, you can focus more on your treatment and getting ready to travel, rather than worrying about planning the entire process on your own.

Are you convinced that overseas medical treatment is something you should consider? If you are, perhaps you want to contact IMT to help you.

Find Out More

To find out more about IMT and the services available visit our website at www.intmedicaltreatment.com or call us today on +254 0740 409 727. You can also visit our office at The Mirage, 1st Floor, Tower 2, Chiromo, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.

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