Ask yourself these critical questions at every stage of your decision-making:
Should I go abroad for medical care?
1. Is this procedure offered locally? If not, why?
2. Am I able to access independent information about the effectiveness and safety of the procedure?
4. If I have caregivers at home, will they be able to go abroad with me and help care for me when I return? What will that caregiver’s experience abroad realistically be like?
6. Am I fully aware of the risks of receiving this procedure abroad and potential for long term follow up care?
What should I do before I go abroad?
1. Have I developed a plan for follow up care with my local medical team for both routine and emergency care and scheduled follow up care? What will I do if my local medical team won’t participate in my follow up care planning?
2. Will my complete medical documents from abroad come back with me in a language spoken by my caregivers at home? How can I ensure this happens?
3. Have I investigated my health insurance coverage for the procedure, travel insurance coverage, and the need for a living will?
6. If I’m using a facilitator do I know their qualifications and whether they are being paid by the facility abroad?
7. Am I able to find independent assessments of the qualifications of the care providers and quality of the facility?
Don’t make a decision to leave unless you feel completely comfortable with your answers to these questions! Be informed, be safe, and be aware of the consequences of your decision!