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Medical tourism guide: Step 10

Know what to do if something goes wrong

All surgery, at home or overseas, carries risks, so it’s important to know where you stand in the event of something going wrong. Establishing what will happen in the event of unexpected follow-up treatment is essential before you leave.

All surgery, at home or overseas, carries risks, so it’s important to know where you stand in the event of something going wrong. Establishing what will happen in the event of unexpected follow-up treatment is essential before you leave.

What can you reasonably expect? 

  • The most reputable clinics will meet the costs of extra treatment, if necessary, although they won’t necessarily pay for your travel and accommodation for return visits.

  • If you have organised your trip through a medical travel agent, involve them in the process – they may be willing to help you return to the clinic, or have advice on what to do next.

  • You should be aware, however, that the cost of sorting things out may well fall on you. At present, there are few available options for insuring treatment abroad. Travel insurance is designed to cover events beyond the policyholders’ control, not planned medical procedures. So if your treatment means you need to stay longer and rearrange your flights home, you won’t be able to claim any out of pocket costs on your usual travel insurance.

  • In the worst case scenario, you may want to start legal action against a clinic abroad. This is possible, but it is also extremely expensive. You should also consider whether the clinic has sufficient insurance itself to defend your claim, or pay you damages if you win. Legal action would only ever be in the last resort.

 

If you feel you have a malpractice case, seek advice from a specialist law firm in your home country, such as TJ Legal Solicitors in the UK www.tjlegal.co.uk

 

10 Steps to Successful Treatment Overseas