What medical tourists need to know about legal recourse

The idea of legal recourse is something all medical tourists need to consider before travelling. Most medical facilities catering to foreign patients have international accreditations and affiliations with esteemed centres establishing a high level of quality. However, physicians are still likely to make errors, in which case a patient should be able to receive retribution in the form of medical malpractice. The US is a very litigious society, which is one of the reasons why they have an extremely high cost of healthcare. However, other countries around the world do not necessarily have established malpractice laws.

You need to find out the level of legal recourse available to you in the event that a complication should occur. You also need to ascertain whether the legal body of your home country can take lawful action against the provider of another country. Clear all your doubts regarding who will be liable or held responsible in case of any mishaps—the doctor or the medical staff. Nowadays, some clinics have started including jurisdiction clauses in their agreement to protect themselves from being sued by foreign patients or their home country. In that case you should know what your rights are and inquire about the possibility of receiving a refund in case you need to cancel the surgery or the doctor decides not to perform the procedure.

Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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