1. How can the prices for quality medical care vary so greatly between different countries?
Answer: Compare the Guatemalan and American doctors. Both studied at prestigious universities and earned advanced medical degrees. They perform the same procedure with the same care and skill, and work in modern world-class facilities.
Patients should know that the reason they can pay $10,000 instead of $70,000 for their surgery is because the Guatemalan surgeon does not have the burden of huge malpractice premiums, or the payroll expenses for a team of insurance processing clerks in his office. American doctors also pay staggering licensing and permitting fees, hospital privileges, inflated rent and union-approved wages. If their business expenses are ten times those of the Guatemalan doctors, then they will have to increase fees to the patient at the same rate.
2. How much help can I expect from Guatemala Medical Travel and how much will it cost?
Answer: From your arrival and first consultation, to your 100% successful recovery and return home, we prepare, negotiate and confirm every aspect of your medical experience in Guatemala. It’s like having a friend take your hand, introduce you to all the best contacts, and stay by your side throughout every procedure.
The budget for your complete medical package is discussed and agreed in advance of your arrival. There are no added costs or bills, just sensible and fair pricing from start to finish.
3. Do Guatemalan doctors and hospitals accept my medical insurance?
Answer: Most hospitals and cancer treatment centers in Guatemala accept most forms of American insurance. Check in advance for approval, or pay cash and submit receipts to request reimbursement. In the case of emergency treatment, it is our experience that both private insurance and Medicare will reimburse the patient.
4. How do you guard against adverse outcome or malpractice?
Answer: Avoid any remote chance of ever having an adverse outcome by using a medical advocate. Medical mistakes happen because of lack of communication. If the patient has an outspoken "watchdog" confirming and scrutinizing every move from the initial consultation right through 100% recovery and voyage home, the chance of someone making a mistake is almost zero. Besides, the doctors are so exceedingly cautious because they know that the outcome of their work affects the impression of the entire country of Guatemala to the rest of the world. Foreign patients are absolute VIP's, receiving extraordinary attention from the GMT agents, surgeons, hospital administration and everyone else in between.
5. If we encounter complications during the surgery, can I take legal action against the doctor?
Answer: The concept of malpractice lawsuits is unique only to America, and is not acceptable business practice in other countries. Even with the most common surgical procedures, there are certain risks that your doctor will discuss with you. For patients concerned about not having legal recourse in a foreign country, they can buy "adverse outcome" insurance in America before they leave home. It's expensive, like $3000-$4000, but the U.S. insurance company will pay out if your facelift or hip replacement is not exactly how you expected, and it’s far more economical than paying the an extra $50,000 for the U.S. doctor and hospital with malpractice coverage.
6. How can I open my account with GMT and start finding my new Guatemalan doctor?
Answer: The best way to start is to contact us by email with a few sentences about your medical history, and the exact treatment you are seeking. Attach any relevant medical reports or photos so that we can introduce you most accurately to the Guatemalan physicians. In few days, the doctors will respond with their general diagnoses, recommendations, alternatives and price estimates. As a client of GMT, you will be personally guided throughout the experience, from arrival and consultations to recovery and airport transfer, all pre-paid as one “all-inclusive” package.
7. Lori, have you had personal experience before using doctors in other countries?
8. If these doctors speak English and were educated at American universities, why didn't they stay here?
Answer: That’s a very personal decision, but U.S. Homeland Security requirements make it exceedingly difficult for foreigners to live and work legally in America. And, in the Latin culture family ties are very important, so the doctors may prefer to remain closer to their extended family environment. Guatemalan doctors work very hard to earn their credentials out of a deep devotion to keeping people healthy by utilizing the latest technological advances. Perhaps many of them would rather continue their practice in a country where it is most appreciated, without the burden of government and legal interference, than to join America's failing bureaucratic medical system.
9. Is it safe to travel to Guatemala?
Answer: Travelers to Guatemala should take the same precautions they would when visiting any large city. A good Guatemala travel guide will give the traveler valuable insights regarding local customs and tourist information. If patients follow our recommendations throughout the journey, they will likely be as safe as they are in their home town.
|Cabeza y Cuello||Dr Michel Nuyens, Ear-Nose-Throat Specialist|
|Cardio Care Cardiology Group||Cardiology care|
|CEDAF Audiology||Audiology, hearing loss, balance, cochlear implants|
|Centro Procrea||Dr Emilio Novales Aguirre, Gynecology and In-Vitro Fertilization|
|Centro Visual G y G||Ophthalmological Specialists|
|Clinicas de la Cruz||General and cosmetic dentistry, prosthodontics|
|Clinicas Ovalle||General dentistry, endodontics, orthodontics, implants|
|Dental Care Guatemala||Dr. Julio Donado of Dental Care Guatemala|
|Dental Center of Specialists||Oral surgery and Preventive Care with Dental Specialists|
|Hope International||State-of-the-art Cancer Treatment Center|
|Hospital Herrera-Llerandi||Dr. Guillermo Claverie, orthopedist of Herrera-Llerandi|
|Medi Center||Cancer Treatments, Anti-Aging and Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine.|
|Nova Aesthetics||Dr. Stefan Preuss Sterkel, Plastic Surgery and Hair Transplant Center|
|Vision Integral||Integral Ophthalmological Services|
|Yoga Antigua||Reduce stress, breathe freely, gain strength, flexibility, and peace of mind.|
|MedLinePlus.gov||Health information from the US National Library of Medicine|
|Medical Marijuana Therapy||Research on Clinical Applications For Cannabis (Medical Marijuana Therapy) A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature, 2000 — 2011|
|Deliotte Health Solutions||Medical Tourism, 2009 Report.|
|Health Tourism Magazine||Medical Tourism Association publication.|
|Hospitalist||Information about medical tourism’s growing popularity.|
|Int'l Med Travel Journal||Why do you need a medical tourism facilitator?|
|Medical Tourism Magazine||Excellent articles about medical tourism.|
|Patients Beyond Borders||Excellent information on Medical Tourism.|
|American Chamber of Commerce||American Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala|
|AGEXPORT||The Association of Guatemala Exporters|
|INGUAT||Guatemala National Institute of Tourism|
|U.S. Embassy in Guatemala||U.S. Embassy in Guatemala|
|Antigua Plaza||Spanish Language School|
|Around Antigua||Maps, weather, travel tips and news|
|Aventuras Vacacionales||Sailing and Diving in Guatemala and Belize.|
|Casa Dulcita||Four bedroom furnished home in central Antigua.|
|Clarion Suites||Premium downtown hotel with the patient’s comfort in mind.|
|DennysBeach.com||Hotel & Resort in Lago Izabal.|
|Maya Lake Realty||Real estate broker in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, vacation rentals & home sales.|
|George’s Travel Club||Amazing Guatemala tours with George Sansoucy.|
|Grand Tikal Futura Hotel||Luxury accommodations with low-cost medical tourism packages.|
|Michael Sherer||Travel writer and Antigua resident.|
|Parlama Sport Fishing||Sport fishing in the Caribbean or on the Pacific coast.|
|Retire Early Lifestyle||You Can Travel and Live the Life You've Dreamed About.|
|Trip Advisor / Antigua||Good hotel and restaurant info|
|Akaisha Kadderly||Author of The Adventurer’s
Guide to Guatemala and Retire Early Lifestyle.
Hand Reconstruction in September 2012.
|Robert Gascoine||Yachtsman, cartographer, marine
conservationist. Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Polyp removal in January 2013.
|Kathleen Bodden-Harris||Author of Quest on the Marl
Road. Cayman Islands.
Dental, Ortho, Eyes in December 2011.
|Sierra Harding||Virtual Executive Assistant. Antigua, Guatemala.
Physical Exams in February 2012.
|Captain Victoria Impallomeni||Charter boat captain and wilderness guide in Key West.
Cataract and Retina Surgery in September 2010.
|Mia Howe||Real Estate Broker and waterfront specialist in the Florida
Dental Care in March 2010.
|John Van Zwieten||Corporate Executive Growth Specialist from Santa Cruz,
Physical Exams in March 2011.
|Judy Sadlier||Casa Dulcita vacation home in Antigua, Guatemala.
Physical Exams in May 2011.
|Mary Waggener||Owner, La Pena de Sol Latino Restaurant.
Dermatology procedure in June 2011.
|Sam Rodgers||Retired, “Sandbar Sam” on the Rio Dulce
Dental Surgery in May 2011.
|Murrell Weissinger||Real Estate Broker from St. Augustine, Fl.
Cosmetic surgery in September 2011.
|Sara Warner||RE/MAX Real Estate broker in Caye
Tumor Surgery in Feburary 2012.
|Vicki Damon||Award winning creator of silk fashions and paintings.
GMT Client/Guest in June 2012.
|Dr. Amy Rothenberg||Naturopathic physician in private practice in Western
GMT Client in May 2012.