Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Medical Tourism Information for Maine Patients

“Maine patients considering medical tourism as a healthcare option should have as much information as possible,” commented Clement Berry, Chief Executive officer of Eyecare Medical group in Portland, ME. “Leaving the country for healthcare services, otherwise known as medical tourism, is becoming more and more common, but is not without its risks.”

Individuals may leave the country to receive experimental treatments or surgeries that are either not performed in the United States or are more cost effective in other countries. Typical surgeries that people may seek out of country include cardiac procedures, joint replacements, and cosmetic procedures, including LASIK surgery.

Although having surgery in another country can initially seem more cost effective, it can be a risky choice to make. It can often be difficult to find follow up care in the United States, and what would normally be included as post-operative care when done by a physician in the US can require additional charges. Procedures may be done differently in other countries, so it can be difficult for a surgeon to treat any post-operative complications that may arise. Traveling long distances after surgery can also increase the risk of complication for certain types of surgery.

There is also the issue of infectious disease. Different diseases occur in different parts of the world. Travelers do not have the built up natural immunity to the infectious diseases specific to a region and can be more susceptible to those illnesses, especially after surgery when the immune system can be weakened. If a patient returns home to the United States not knowing that they have acquired a particular illness, it can be very difficult to diagnosis, especially if it is something that is rarely seen here.

It is important to weigh the pros and cons of traveling out of country for medical services. We at Eyecare Medical Group have seen several complications related to services rendered outside of the United States. These cases are always more difficult to treat especially when there are no records from the original surgery. To learn more about medical tourism, please call Eyecare Medical Group in Portland at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup.

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

Eyecare Medical Group is conveniently located for patients from throughout Maine including Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Bath, Berwick, Biddeford, Bridgeton, Brunswick, Cape Neddick, Casco Bay, Cumberland Center, Eliot, Freeport, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Lewiston, Old Orchard Beach, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Springvale, Topsham, Waterville, Westbrook, Winslow, Wiscasset, Yarmouth, Portland, Skowhegan and York Maine.