Frequently asked questions

How Much Should I Budget for My Medical Tourism Trip?

Your particular lifestyle, the medical tourism destination, and the type of medical tourism procedure you will be undergoing will dictate, to a large degree, how much money you will be spending. In general, the farther away your medical tourism destination the more you will pay for airfare. So, for example, expect to pay more if you are flying from Dallas to Bangkok, Thailand, than you would for a flight to Monterey, Mexico. At the same time, you also need to take into account that some medical tourism destinations are more expensive than others. So even if a particular country is cheaper to travel to, you will need to factor in the relative cost of “living,” in comparison to another medical tourism destination.

What are the Cost Savings?

The cost savings can be up to 90 percent. Please go to the Patient Pricing Page to see a worldwide comparison of surgeries and their prices.

What are the Risks Associated with Medical Tourism?

Although there are many benefits associated with medical tourism, there are also certain risks that must be weighed before making a final decision to travel abroad.

‍Varying standards and Medical Tourism

Varying standards with regards to hospitals and physicians can be a problem if you are searching for options within multiple countries with dozens of hospitals. Each country will have its own licensing and certification protocols which may vary significantly from your own country. As you have no way of actually visiting the hospital or meeting the physician prior to your trip, you will have to do research to make sure hospitals are accredited and surgeons are licensed. offers a wealth of information and tools that will make this job much easier.

Travel after surgery

Traveling long distances after surgery also poses certain risks such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. DVT may be defined as a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. If the blood clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs, a pulmonary embolism may occur which is potentially fatal. Using simple preventive measures, however, medical tourism patients can reduce the chance of blood clotting and increase their likelihood of surgical success.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • Getting up and walking around every 2 to 3 hours.
  • Exercise your legs while you’re sitting
  • Drink plenty of water, and avoid drinking anything with alcohol or caffeine in it.
What is Medical Tourism?

Medical Tourism is the globalization phenomenon where people who live in one country travel to another country to receive medical, dental, and/or surgical care.

‍Medical travelers often engage in medical tourism to save money, but this does not mean they are sacrificing quality for savings. Medical tourists typically receive equal or greater care than they would have in their own country, and are traveling for medical care because of affordability, or better access to a higher or more specialized quality of care. “Domestic Medical Tourism” is a subsection of medical tourism where patients do not leave their country, but travel to another city, region, or state to receive medical care.

Is Medical/Health Tourism safe?

Medical/Health Tourism safety is linked to the following: your chosen destination, its healthcare system, the professionals who will be treating you, and your insurance policies.

Obviously, a destination with social conflicts or troubles would not be an ideal destination for safety. It is always advisable to find out about a country’s current situation before considering it as your chosen destination. Hygienic and sanitary aspects should also be taken into account. Hospitals may be modern and their medical staff well qualified, however, there are certain places in the world that have high endemic disease rates. Therefore, you should always be aware of exactly where you are traveling to. Moreover, you should always consult your doctor before going abroad, especially when you are traveling to another continent, in case you need to take any preventative measures.

What is a Medical Tourism Facilitator?

Sometimes referred to as medical tourism agencies, or a medical travel facilitator, these are companies that, as their name suggests, act as facilitators or intermediaries for patients seeking treatments in other countries or regions.

Medical Tourism Facilitators have played an important role in promoting the growth of medical tourism, and for many medical tourism patients, represent their first face to face contact with the concept of medical tourism.

Over the last 10-15 years, thousands of these companies have popped up, most sporting names synonymous with health and travel. They function much like a travel agency, requesting and obtaining passports, booking flights, and arranging a medical tourism patient’s lodging, transportation and tours. The key difference, of course, is that they also serve as the liaison or mediator between you and the international hospital and doctor. In effect, it is the facilitator’s job to repackage the medical provider’s service offering, make it more appealing, and then guide you along the medical tourism process.

Why are Patients Traveling Internationally for Medical Tourism?

Patients are traveling because of the high quality of healthcare, affordability, access to care, or better availability.

Is it legal to seek healthcare services abroad?

Yes, it is perfectly legal to receive treatments outside your own country of residence.

The reasons for making the decision to take this kind of trip include the following: cost of treatment, quicker access to treatment, or simply better quality services.

What are the motivations to travel abroad as a medical tourist?
Quality of care, long waiting time and unavailability of the treatment in the country of residence are considered fundamental factors that push people to treatment destinations. People would prefer destinations that are specialized for the healthcare services related to their health condition.
Why are procedures abroad less expensive?
Costs related to healthcare services are the highest in the world in the USA. Travelling to other countries for a medical procedure can reduce the costs of the treatment itself by 30 – 60% for the same quality of services.
Are the physicians and hospitals qualified?

All of our procedures are performed by highly-qualified, English-speaking surgeons with excellent equipment. Our physicians have been screened and interviewed by the Distrito Medica team.

Is it possible to talk to the surgeon or physician before the procedure?

Yes, a consultation over the phone or on Skype can be organized with the treating physician before booking the procedure.

How long do I have to stay abroad?
Depending on the treatment, you may have to stay at the medical center for a few days after the procedure and to recover in a rehabilitation center. Many patients also decide to stay longer after the treatment to combine tourism activities. Your travel itinerary will be planned ahead accordingly.
How can I ensure the follow up care?
Distrito Medica provides the necessary medical information after the procedure to ensure your continuity of care once back home.