At the Memorial International Patient Care Network, we understand that traveling to another country to tend to your medical needs is not easy. This is why it is important to take the following steps to ensure that the outcome of your treatment is as successful as possible.
- Arrive at least thirty (30) minutes before your examination to complete your application with your translator.
- Please make sure that all your medical reports are organized by date.
- Please prepare a CD (compact disk) or USB flash drive containing all your reports and films.
- Cancer patients must bring all pathology slides, paraffin blocks, and reports. Your doctors in America will require a second review to confirm your initial diagnosis.
- When transporting your medicine to the country, please bring the original boxes or take a picture of each medication you are currently prescribed to.
- Bring a comfortable jacket to stay warm. The hospital is always cold.
- Prepare your questions in a notebook.
- Be patient and listen to your specialist during the consultation. You may ask your questions at the end.
- Take the business card of each member of your medical team to familiarize yourself with their names and titles.
- Save the contact information of your International Patient Coordinator to ensure you always stay connected.
Successful Consultation Tips
In addition, allow our team to provide you with some quick tips for a successful consultation with your specialists:
- Carefully listen to what your doctor tells you during the consultation.
- Have a family member or relative take notes during the consultation.
- Do not tell your specialists what you think you may have. Just tell him/her what is wrong and let your doctors do their work. They are here for you.
- Do not be ashamed or embarrassed of the way your doctor looks or speaks.
- Be brief. Do not tell your specialists long stories.
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Always keep your ID on you at all times.
- Always keep your past medical reports with you in order to provide your doctor with a full and detailed medical history.
In addition, it is highly recommended to seek a second opinion if the treatment you will undergo involves high-risk and invasive surgery that entail lifelong consequences.