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  Frequently Asked Questions - Israel  
     
 

1. What is "Medical Tourism"?
2. Why go to Israel for medical care?
3. Why AfroIndiamecial Tourisum?
4. Is it safe to travel Israel?
5. What medical treatments are available in Israel?
6. Can someone come along with me?
7. What if they don't speak my own language?
8. Is there any correspondence with the surgeon prior to travel?
9. Do I have to tell my doctor?
10. How do I know if the hospitals and clinics you refer are accredited?
11. Do I decide where and in which hospital my procedure will take place?
12. What if I have a serious medical condition? Am I a good candidate for Medical Travel?
13. How realistic is the "vacation" part of the trip?
14. What if complications arise after I return home?
15. Is there any follow-up care once I return home?
16. How much will it cost?
17. Is the procedure covered under any insurance plans?
18. How safe is the information that I enter on the website?
19. What is the Adobe / Acrobat PDF reader?
20. What should be my next steps?


1. What is "Medical Tourism"?

Medical tourism (also called medical travel, health tourism or global healthcare) is the act of traveling outside of your country for medical treatment. Such services typically include elective procedures as well as complex specialized surgeries such as joint replacement (knee/hip), cardiac surgery, dental surgery, and cosmetic surgeries. Due to the high cost and long wait for health care in the US and Canada, medical tourism has become one of the world's fastest growing industries. International hospitals offer medical treatment at a fraction of the US cost, providing individuals with a viable and timely alternative to managing their health. More than ever, people are choosing to travel abroad for affordable and immediate medical care, opting to recover in privacy while enjoying the beauty and cultural experience of another country. Factors that have led to the increasing popularity of medical travel include the high cost of health care, long wait times for certain procedures, the ease and affordability of international travel, and improvements in both technology and standards of care in many countries. Medical tourists can come from anywhere in the world, including Europe, the UK, Middle East, Japan, the United States, and Canada. This is because of their large populations, comparatively high wealth, the high expense of health care or lack of health care options locally, and increasingly high expectations of their populations with respect to health care.


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2. Why go to Israel for medical care?

Israel is emerging as a popular destination for medical tourists. Its modern, field-leading set of physicians and medical facilities are often used by international patients. In 2006, 15,000 foreigners travelled to the country for medical procedures. Medical tourists choose Israel for several reasons. Some come from European nations such as Bulgaria and Cyprus where certain procedures are not available. Others come to Israel, perhaps most commonly from the US, because they can receive quality health care at a fraction of the cost it would be at home, for both surgeries and in-vitro fertilization treatments. Other medical tourists come to Israel to visit the Dead Sea, a world-famous therapeutic resort. Unprecedented levels of excellence in medicine quality – Israel’s advanced healthcare infrastructure has made it a global leader for specialized medical treatment. The country is world renown for its advanced oncology facilities, its superior success rate for in vitro fertilization (IVF), and its leading orthopedic procedures. Patients from all over the world enjoy comprehensive health care services ranging from diagnostics to treatments embracing a wide variety of investigative and surgical procedures, such as neurosurgery, cardiac angiography, open-heart surgery, kidney transplants, nuclear medicine, computer tomography and more. The aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery techniques used in Israel have been adopted by doctors all over the world. State-of-the-art technology for procedures – Israel not only offers comparable treatment found elsewhere, but in many cases uses superior techniques. For example, due to its hi-tech expertise, Israel has advanced procedures for cardiology, gastroenterology, and nuclear medicine not yet available in other countries. Personalized and comprehensive customer care – Patients treated in Israel benefit from shorter waiting periods, deluxe hospital suites, staffed recuperation resorts, and discounted hotels affiliated with the hospital. Moreover, physicians and staff in Israel are often far more accessible than their US or Europe counterparts. Medical centers and hospitals are staffed with multi-lingual professionals enabling them to communicate with all overseas patients. Procedures beyond those covered by standard insurance – Even the most robust health insurance plans exclude a variety of treatments available in Israel, including elective or cosmetic surgeries, dental care, ocular treatments, reproductive / infertility procedures, certain non-emergency cardiovascular and orthopedic surgeries – to name just a few. In addition, many policies place restrictions on prescriptions, post-operative care, congenital disorders, and pre-existing conditions. World famous therapeutic resorts and spas – Medical tourists can make the most of the country’s Mediterranean climate and spa resorts—combining curative salts and minerals alongside holistic treatments—for a completely pampering vacation.

Comprehensive care at a fraction of the cost – Depending upon the type of treatment, patients can realize 30% to 70% savings over the cost of treatment in the US or Europe. Moreover, in most countries medical tourism expenses are tax deductible, depending on income level.

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3. Why AfroIndiamecial Tourisum?

AfroIndiamecial Tourisum is the leading Israeli medical tourism company facilitating healthcare services for travelers who want access to the highest quality medical treatment. More and more people are choosing to travel abroad for medical services, but the selection of a hospital can be difficult and confusing. AfroIndiamecial Tourisum is proud to take the guesswork out of the equation for our patients. We only align ourselves with Israeli facilities that can meet our highly stringent set of criteria for professionalism, competency, cleanliness and safety. AfroIndiamecial Tourisum offers you affordable and stress-free medical tourism. Access top medical experts – Our long-standing affiliation with Israeli treatment centers and practitioners ensures that AfroIndiamecial Tourisum partners are the brightest in their field, often working at the most prestigious hospitals. Personalized comfort and convenience – Relax and let your personal coordinators organize all aspects of your stay, including scheduling, physician credentials, travel accommodations, door to door transportation, sightseeing, and help with passport and visa applications. Benefit from significant costs savings – We provide the most affordable rates for hospitals, clinics, physicians, hotels, and airlines. We are paid by the hospitals and therefore can negotiate a much better price than one could negotiate on his own. AfroIndiamecial Tourisum works hand in hand with you and your family members to find a custom healthcare solution that meets your medical needs, budget, and personal lifestyle preferences. AfroIndiamecial Tourisum is with you every step of the way from the initial planning, including financing and travel, to coordinating your treatment with top medical experts—delivering premier medical tourism in a single stress-free package.

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4. Is it safe to travel Israel?

In general, travel to Israel is safe, and most other crime rates are well below those found in most other Western Countries. In terms of typical crime, Israel is a very safe country. You can walk around the cities and towns at night without fear, as mugging and drunken violence is unknown. Single women should still take care late at night but the risks here are far lower than practically anywhere in Europe. There are no special medical issues in Israel, and no immunizations are necessary for travel here. Tap water is potable and perfectly safe for drinking all throughout Israel, big cities and rural parts alike. It is heavily chlorinated, however and doesn't taste that good, so as an alternative, bottled water is available everywhere and is popular among locals as well as tourists. Most street food is perfectly safe and clean, including fried dishes, fish and different salads. Due to the hot climate in sunny Israel, remember to use sunscreen throughout your stay and drink a lot of water. It is also recommended to wear a good hat and a UV-screen pair of dark sunglasses.
In case of emergency Police (Mish-ta-ra) — 100 (for any telephone)
First Aid ("Magen David Adom"-MADA) — 101 (for any telephone)
Fire Department (Me-cha-bey Esh) — 102 (for any telephone)

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5. What medical treatments are available in Israel?

Although nearly every kind of treatment is possible in Israel, most Westerners head Israel for cancer diagnosis and treatment, cardiovascular surgery (bypass surgery, valve replacement, and heart transplants), orthopedics (hip replacement, knee replacement, and spinal work), dental care (usually more extensive cosmetic or restorative surgery) or cosmetic surgery. In addition, patients seek specialty treatments such as fertility and in vitro fertilization rocedures, and weight loss (such as bariatric surgeries). However, please let us know if the surgery you require is not listed. We will contact our partners at the hospitals, and they will let us know if they will be able to perform your surgery, or specify the options which are available for you.

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6. Can someone come along with me?

We don't recommend you travel alone. We've found that most health travelers fare better with a companion in tow – a spouse, a family member, or friend. Companions don't greatly increase the overall costs of a trip, and they can actually save you time and money in the end, because they are looking out for your interests every step of the way. If you're not planning to travel with a companion, AfroIndiamecial Tourisum's Program Manager (PM) who speaks your language serves as a personal coordinator during your stay in Israel. Your PM will be with you almost daily, particularly at the more stressful junctures, such as arrival in-Israel, medical consultations, and immediately before and after a surgical procedure. If staying in a hospital, the quality of care and attention you'll receive is truly remarkable, with low nurse-to-patient ratios and a host of staffers, orderlies and physician's assistants in and out of your room with great frequency. You'll make fast friends during your stay.

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7. What if they don't speak my own language?

For your comfort and convenience AfroIndiamecial Tourisum's Program Manager (PM) who speaks your language serves as a personal coordinator during your stay in Israel. Our professional PMs provide tips and guidance to ensure a comfortable and successful medical travel experience – before, during and after treatment.

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8. Is there any correspondence with the surgeon prior to travel?

Yes. If correspondence is requested by you, your physician or surgeon, AfroIndiamecial Tourisum will make the appropriate arrangements.

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9. Do I have to tell my doctor?

We recommend that you inform your physician of your consideration to receive medical treatment in Israel. AfroIndiamecial Tourisum can arrange for correspondence between the surgeon and your physician if requested or required.

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10. How do I know if the hospitals and clinics you refer are accredited?

Your trust is extremely important to us. That’s why AfroIndiamecial Tourisum is working hard to earn an outstanding reputation for our commitment to patient safety. Our partner facilities undergo an exhaustive assessment process to ensure our clients will be receiving the best care possible. AfroIndiamecial Tourisum will only partner with medical facilities which meet or exceed North American standards for cleanliness, safety, professionalism and competency. AfroIndiamecial Tourisum is also fully committed to facilitating the best possible post-operative care for our clients. That’s why we maintain clear channels of communication between your family physician and the surgeons before and after your procedure. We regularly consult with international health professionals to ensure that our partner facilities are making use of modern equipment and the latest medical technologies. We take considerable steps to verify the education, training and qualifications of the surgeons and anesthetists with their respective universities and applicable professional associations. We specifically seek partnerships with facilities that have been approved by international health organizations.

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11. Do I decide where and in which hospital my procedure will take place?

The choice is entirely up to you as to where and when you would like your surgery performed.

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12. What if I have a serious medical condition? Am I a good candidate for Medical Travel?

Depending on individual circumstances and health, overseas travel may not be recommended by the surgeon. However, if your travel is approved, then Israeli medical facilities may be the option for you. Making a timely decision for medical care is crucial for serious conditions. To explore this option, simply contact us. The sooner you have all the options in hand, the sooner you can receive the medical attention you need.

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13. How realistic is the "vacation" part of the trip?

That depends on the type of treatment you're seeking, how much time you have, and how comfortable you feel combining leisure travel with the medical side of your trip. However, Israel has the world's famous therapeutic resorts and spas. Medical tourists can make the most of the country’s Mediterranean climate and spa resorts—combining curative salts and minerals alongside holistic treatments - for a completely pampering vacation. If you wish to tour Israel, AfroIndiamecial Tourisum can assist you in making arrangements. Depending on medical procedure received, you may prefer to sight-see prior to your hospital stay.

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14. What if complications arise after I return home?

Depending on your treatment, your physician will usually strongly advise you to stay in-country for at least a few days post-treatment. Your doctor will want to make sure that your treatment went well, your prescriptions are working as they should, you're settling into any recommended physical therapies, and required follow-ups are going according to plan. Thus, by the time you board the plane home, your risk of complications will be greatly reduced. In the unlikely event that you develop complications after returning home, the surgeons are happy to talk with your hometown physician to discuss complications and recommend further action. Prior to traveling abroad for treatment, be sure to let your local doctor(s) know your plans. It's better to alert them before-hand than to surprise them after the fact.

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15. Is there any follow-up care once I return home?

We recommend that patients inform their regular physician of the upcoming procedure so that they may receive their follow-up care locally. AfroIndiamecial Tourisum can arrange any necessary communication between the surgeon and your physician as requested.

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16. How much will it cost?

Depending on procedure and individual health needs, prices may vary.
To receive an estimate, please fill out our contact form. A patient care coordinator will contact you with further details.

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17. Is the procedure covered under any insurance plans?

We advise that you speak with your insurance company. AfroIndiamecial Tourisum does not bill insurance companies, but will provide proof of payment for your claim.

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18. How safe is the information that I enter on the website?

We use the latest encryption technology available to protect all your personal information. Any information provided will not be seen by anyone not associated with AfroIndiamecial Tourisum. Any problems experienced with the website can be reported through email info@afroindiamedical.com.

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19. What is the Adobe / Acrobat PDF reader?

It is an application that enables you to view PDF (Portable Document Format) files. It can be downloaded from http://get.adobe.com/reader/

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20. What should be my next steps?

Step 1:
Get to know us… Read the “Why AfroIndiamecial Tourisum” and “About us” pages, and of course our FAQ.

Step 2:
Complete the online "Details Request" Application Form, or contact a AfroIndiamecial Tourisum representative.

Step 3:
Provide us your medical information AfroIndiamecial Tourisum agent will work with you and your physicians at home to relay medical data, including general medical history (2-3 pages), health record, test results, lab reports, MRI, x-rays, pathology reports from previous treatments, consultation records, immunization history and other documentation. In order to better facilitate this process, we will need to receive digital copies of these documents. If you do not have this information in digital format, you can use fax as well.

Step 4:
Passport / Visa Acquisition. If you do not already possess an updated Passport or Visa (if required), AfroIndiamecial Tourisum's PM will assist you with the acquisition of these documents, and locate the appropriate embassy for service. Please scan your (and your companion) Passports (and Visas), and email/fax to us.

Step 5:
Receive a price quotation for the procedures and accommodations During this process, you will receive a price quotation for the procedure(s) and accommodations. Also, you'll be provided with a host of information about the procedure(s), hospital, doctors, etc. Review the price quotation and discuss potential dates to travel. At this point, we will discuss your procedure(s) and accommodations. Also, we’ll talk about the dates you wish to plan your medical procedure(s). Once we choose the dates, we will check with our hospital affiliate to see if these dates are available. If the pricing is acceptable to you, we can then move on to the next step of executing your medical tour.

Step 6:
AfroIndiamecial Tourisum will do the rest for you…
Arrival in destination and greeted by your Program Manager (PM) or Designated Driver. If you've opted for a PM, he/she will be your personal assistant throughout your stay. He/she is fluent in your language and will be there for you every step of the way. This person will accompany you to all your doctor’s appointments and medical treatments. In some cases, you will be given a cell phone upon your arrival so that you can contact your PM at any time. It is important for you to know that we have carefully selected AfroIndiamecial Tourisum's PM’s. These PM’s are professionals with extensive experience in the medical tourism business, as we understand that our reputation is in their hands.

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