Many medical tourists take a leap of faith and decide to travel to another country for their surgery without knowing the total cost for the expected health care services. Of course, these tourists leave home with a rough idea of what they will end up paying, however, they are often surprised by the bills they receive that can be much higher than originally expected. Such ambiguous pricing in the health care industry has been a common complaint among patients for decades.
At Kinese, we believe that working with a provider that offers transparent pricing is essential when traveling for surgery. As a patient, you have a right to know what costs you will be charged for the services you are traveling for. This high standard of transparent pricing is a new and emerging phenomenon, which Kinese has fully embraced.
Here are 5 reasons why you should know the full cost of your procedure before traveling for surgery:
- You are in control of your own health. Knowing the cost of your surgery before it happens allows you to be more engaged in the surgical experience. If you don’t like the price offered, you have the ability to find another facility that will perform your surgery at a price that is a better fit for you.
- You are more confident in your health care choices. Knowing what you are required to pay in full before you receive surgery allows you to feel confident in your financial and health care decisions.
- You know what’s included and what’s not. Be sure to ask what is included in the procedure price presented, even with transparent pricing. Does the price include implants? Does it include the facility fee? Anesthesia?
- You can budget. Knowing the cost of surgery allows you to not only budget for the procedure cost but also to budget for any travel and hospitality accommodations needed for the extended stay. Knowing all of these prices up front will allow you to know if medical tourism is right for you.
- You are not surprised. There is no worse feeling than receiving a large bill that you weren’t expecting. Avoid being surprised by using a provider that offers transparent pricing. If your preferred provider doesn’t offer transparent pricing readily, just ask!