Organ Transplantation And Medical Tourism

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					Recent advancements in the field of organ transplantation have remarkably improved
the success rates of transplant surgery. However, the cost of transplant operation still
remains quite high in countries such as the United States. Patients without the means
to pay for the high costs of transplant surgery are, therefore, increasingly looking
towards affordable countries such as India, Singapore, Thailand and Turkey to meet
their healthcare needs.
Organ transplantation is the surgical replacement of one of your vital or non-vital
body organs which has failed or is damaged as a result of injury or illness.
Latest advancements in the field of transplantation and regenerative medicine (stem
cell therapy) have greatly improved the success rates of transplant surgery. However,
lack of available donor organs and tissues continue to result in increasing number of
loss of lives of those needing transplants. Currently there are more than 100,000
patients in the United States alone waiting for an organ transplant. And, thousands
more get added to the list each month.
Organs that can be possibly transplanted are vital organs such as heart, intestine,
kidney, pancreas, liver, lung, bone marrow, etc. or non-vital ones such as hair.

TRANSPLANTATION TOURISM
The high cost of transplant operation in the United States and several other countries
is driving many patients to seek affordable care in more affordable countries such as
India, Singapore, Thailand and Turkey where the price differential is remarkable.
Medical tourism, also known as transplantation tourism in this case, is increasingly
becoming popular with transplant patients who have been able to find a suitable donor
like a relative. Transplant surgeries overseas in India or Singapore cost as low as 20%
of what they cost in the US whereas quality wise they are on par with what is
available in the United States.

GUIDELINES FOR TRANSPLANTATION TOURISM
When you have professionally established the need for an organ transplant and are
considering a transplant surgery abroad, you must do your due diligence before
setting your foot in the foreign land. Following are some of the guidelines that will
help you.
Provider related: Do proper research to ascertain that the provider you settle on offers
top quality of care. Thus, consider the transplant hospital's quality data and statistics
such as success rate, quality measures, patient rating, etc. A hospital's quality
standards, such as being accredited by Joint Commission International, ensure that the
quality of care offered will be top notch. Also, if possible, make sure that the facilities,
equipments, technology, etc. being used by the provider are cutting edge.
Surgeon related: Make sure that your foreign transplant surgeon and his team are
highly qualified and experienced in the specific kind of organ transplantation that you
are seeking. A look at the surgeon's resume or profile should give you a pretty good
idea of his qualifications.
Aftercare related: Aftercare of an organ transplantation surgery is as important as the
operation itself. Therefore, you must find out what support your foreign provider will
give after you have returned to your home country. You must keep your local provider
informed about your decision of going abroad to seek care.
Law related: Last but not the least, the legal aspect of organ transplantation plays an
important role when seeking a transplant surgery. Every country - home or foreign -
has some or the other organ transplant laws in order to protect its citizens from
potential exploitation, organ trafficking, and other such illegal acts. As such, different
countries have different policies as to who is allowed to donate to whom. So, learn
about the transplant policies that apply in the host country where you are seeking
treatment.
Seeking organ transplantation surgery overseas is not a simple process. However, by
working with a specialized medical tourism facilitator you are relieved of the
complications involved. For an accurate transplant surgery cost estimate and
arrangement of organ transplant surgery abroad, check out the Healthbase website.

				
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