Week in week out, people leave their home countries and travel thousands of miles to another country for medical treatment. This kind of visit is referred to as medical tourism. The patient who travels for medical treatment in another country is called a medical tourist.
Many people are always on the lookout for countries that they can receive quality healthcare at a much lower cost. Surgical procedures, both medical and cosmetic, can now be provided at high quality and affordable rates in many countries.
Medical tourism has led to the formation of Medical Travel Agencies. These agencies offer services that make it easy for medical tourists to find the best hospitals, doctors, prices and accommodation in a foreign country. Simply put, they remove all the hassle that comes with visiting a foreign country and organize everything before the patient leaves their home country.
One such Medical Travel Agency that has a five-star rating, given by its clients, is FlyMedi. Headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey, FlyMedi has other offices in the Netherlands and Romania. This article will walk you through how FlyMedi works –if you still have any inquiries after going through this blog, you can fill the short form on the bottom-right of this page.
So, let’s get started.
As mentioned above, FlyMedi is an online Medical Travel Agency that is dedicated to connecting foreign patients with internationally recognized hospitals and clinics. FlyMedi serves as a platform where you can access specialists all over the globe, compare treatment prices, book an appointment with expert doctors all in the comfort of your home.
If you acquire the services of FlyMedi, rest assured that you will be provided with the most appropriate medical travel plan –no matter where you are based. This Medical Travel Agency has helped people from different walks of life savings on medical travel through its inclusive medical tour packages that include accommodation and free transportation.
FlyMedi’s ultimate goal is to provide people with all the necessary information and to help them make the right decision about their healthcare and their medical trip.
Sounds too good to be true, right?
FlyMedi’s contracted specialists, hospitals and clinics are internationally accredited. This is one medical travel agency that values patient privacy, this means that the patient’s details will not be shared with any third parties.
How does Flymedi works?
It’s not difficult to understand how FlyMedi works.
Basically, all you have to do is visit flymedi.com and get to see all the clinics and treatments on offer; select the treatment you require and request for a free quote; in 5 to 10 minutes a Healthcare Consultant will get in touch with you and they will give you different prices from the best clinics; then you will choose.
So, articulated below are the simple steps that depict how FlyMedi works:
Step 1: Find and Compare Clinics
Search for the most respected, internationally accredited and certified clinics, and compare their prices in a few minutes.
Step 2: Explore Medical Tour Packages
When you have engaged FlyMedi and you’re using the Agency’s travel packages, you won’t face any hassles as the packages will cover all your needs such as accommodation, transportation and treatment offers.
Step 3: Get Support
Suppose you have any questions about the treatment or the country you are heading to, the FlyMedi Support Team will freely assist you in a language that you can easily understand. This assistance is offered whenever you need it, all you have to do is to get hold of them.
Step 4: Get Travel Assistance
There’s no need to worry about the travel document –you can leave your visa arrangements in the hands of your FlyMedi assistant. But for the FlyMedi team to assist you, you must be having a valid passport. Your doctor appointment, how you will get to the hotel, or how will arrive at the hospital will be sorted by FlyMedi.
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Step 5: Coming to Turkey
All airlines coming from Europe can easily access Turkey. On a daily basis, more than 300 flights come from different countries and they arrive in one of Turkey’s international airports.
Here’s the average estimated travel time in hours
|UK (London)||4 hours|
|Los Angeles||14 hours|
|U.A.E. (Dubai)||4 hours 55 mins|
|Germany||2 hours 22 mins|
|Russia (Moskow)||2 hours 33 mins|
|Spain||3 hours 11 mins|
Just like in many countries, you will need a valid passport as well as a visa to enter Turkey. Entry visas can be obtained upon arrival in Turkey, but this obviously depends on where you are coming from. Even before you leave your home country, you can obtain your entry visa from the Turkish Consulates located in your country.
Most South Americans do not require a visa to enter Turkey –they can visit Turkey for up to 90 days. If you are a Spanish citizen or passport holder, you will have to obtain an Electronic Visa to enter Turkey. For specific Turkish visa requirements for your country, you can check this website Turkish MFA website.
Step 6: Having the Procedure
There are more than 30 medical facilities that are accredited by the Joint Commission International in Turkey. This number is the largest that any country has ever received. JCI accreditation is considered the gold standard in global health care.
Some Turkish hospitals and clinics are affiliated with top medical providers – Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Medicine – from the United States, and they have a board-certified staff.
So, this evidences how safe and secure you will be when having a medical procedure in Turkey. Whether it’s a surgical or non-surgical procedure, technologically advanced equipment is used in every procedure so as to ensure the best possible outcome.
Before the surgery day, your doctor is most likely going to give you a list of instructions to follow. How you follow these instructions will also determine the success of the surgery. Most procedures are usually completed in a couple of hours –but this depends on the type of procedure and how complex it is.
However, it must be said that no surgery is risk-free. Turkish doctors are aware of that and they usually let you know about this during the consultation session –the doctors will first examine the patient to see if he/she is an ideal candidate for the procedure or not.
Step 7: Returning back to your home country
After being discharged from the hospital, the FlyMedi support team will take you back to your hotel and it will be responsible for transferring you to the airport. Everything is catered for, until you return safely to your home country.
Step 8 (If you need it): Post checkup
Some procedures may require patients to have a post checkup a few weeks after the surgery day. Suppose you need a post-check-up, FlyMedi will arrange a video call with your doctor and the review will be as effective as if you are both in the same room. But if the procedure was complex, arrangements for your return will be arranged.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in November 2019.