As a medical traveler, you have every right to expect certain conditions and terms from your medical tourism providers and facilitators. However, you do have on your part, a set of responsibilities to fulfill as a medical traveler. This is especially true when you are traveling overseas for medical treatment. Here are some of the more important responsibilities of a medical traveler that you should know about during medical travel.
- Work with the Healthcare Provider
As a medical traveler, you need to work with the healthcare agent, provider and facilitator in order to develop the best treatment plans and therapies for your travel. You will need to ask appropriate questions if you do not understand the information given to you, including medical terms or the specific details about your treatment.
- Be Honest with the Doctor
Your responsibility as a medical traveler involves disclosing all relevant information to your doctor before, during and after the treatment. You will need to be honest and accurate about any personal information that you provide, including existing medical conditions, unexpected changes in medical conditions, new symptoms or even increased pain, etc. You will also need to consult your doctor before opting for self-medication or alternative therapies that may interfere with ongoing treatment.
- Show Respect for Local Cultural and Traditional Values
Irrespective of your beliefs, you will need to take the necessary efforts to understand, accept and respect the cultural and traditional values of the destination you intend to visit for medical treatment. As a medical traveler, you have the responsibility of showing respect and courtesy to all those you will meet and interact with during the trip.
- Be aware of all the travel related costs
As a medical traveler, you have the responsibility of being fully aware of the costs related to your medical travel. In doing so, you have the responsibility to make arrangements for proper payments for your treatments without any delays. You will also need to make necessary plans to meet all the other financial obligations you face before, during and after the trip.
- Be Responsible for your Actions
Your responsibility as a medical traveler involves being responsible for your actions. You will need to understand that as an international patient seeking treatment in an overseas destination, you are inadvertently a partner in the medical care process. Your choice to discontinue treatment, act against the doctor’s advice or even transfer your care to another facility will therefore, not have any effect on the hospital or agent. In other words, you cannot hold them responsible for any consequences your decisions may have.
A medical traveler has his/her own set of responsibilities to follow when traveling overseas for treatment. These responsibilities need to be followed strictly by every medical traveler for a hassle free trip.