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Medical Tourist Rights

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Medical Tourist Rights

What are your rights as a medical tourist in Istanbul?

Medical Tourist Rights – All medical tourists have the right to proper treatment from health providers, no matter what happens during their trip. All hospitals, medical experts and institutions should respect medical tourist rights in Istanbul. International patients should also expect to receive quality, safe and successful treatment.

Many medical tourists find care in foreign countries to be lacking. They may also discover worse protection than they expected in tough situations. Medical tourist rights in Istanbul consist of the right to quality procedures and appropriate care. They also encompass high standards of privacy and protection against risks to safety.

SHIFT Hair Transplant Clinic will respect all of these patients’ rights when they came for a hair transplant in Turkey.

Before accepting patients for treatment, a health care provider must make a contract outlining the patient’s rights. Many healthcare facilities have set up a Patient’s Bill of Rights for local people requiring medical assistance. However, international patients are not usually included in this because they have different requirements.

So, what are your rights as a medical tourist?

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You have the right to receive treatment in line with your beliefs and values.

Choice of medical treatment

Firstly, you have the right to opt for medical treatment in another country and receive appropriate care. You must also receive continuing medical care after returning home.

Medical tourist rights in Istanbul include a detailed examination of your condition by experts. Such rights also include the use of high-quality tools in detecting your condition.

You have the right to pain relief according to the rules established. And you also have the right to expect continual care and a written post-discharge summary. This summary should include information about possible long-term care once you are home, if this applies. You may also request all the information you need about the cooperation between institutions and providers regarding diagnosis, treatment and postoperative care. This information should also include the names and contact details of the people involved in the process.

You also have the right to receive a description of the appeal of your discharge if you require this.

Gathering information

Your rights as a medical tourist in Istanbul include receiving the evaluation of all charges for your medical treatment or care. You also have the right to ask the doctor coordinating your care about their education, qualifications and experience in performing procedures. And you may also ask these questions of any other health care providers treating you.

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You have the right to seek medical treatment in another country and to receive appropriate care.

You have the right to ask about the institution and its experience and outcomes in performing procedures. And you may also ask about the technology they use and their facility’s rules, practices and patient responsibilities. SHIFT Hair Transplant facility is equipped with the latest technology to help us to perform hair transplants in Turkey with the best possible outcome.

In addition to this, you have the right to receive relevant information about your current health condition, possible treatment options and risks and benefits of the procedure. This is in addition to information about the recommended recovery period and possible medical alternatives.

Your rights as a medical tourist in Istanbul also give you the possibility to ask about medications prescribed. This includes information about their alternative names in your country, their usual actions and their possible side effects.

You also have the right to understand the potential business relationship between the hospital or facility when you get the treatment, payer or agent.

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You have the right to ask about the health care institution and its experience and results in performing procedures.

Making decisions

You have the right to choose a support person (a family member or friend) to be present at your examinations and meetings with doctors. You can also choose who will receive information on your behalf.

Your rights as a medical tourist in Istanbul also include making decisions about refusing to continue the treatment as far as the law allows in the case of your current health condition. If you refuse treatment, you may be transferred to other appropriate care, to another doctor or another hospital.

Protecting your privacy

You have the right to receive treatment in line with your personal beliefs and values. Such treatment should also be in line with your nationality, language, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, possible mental or physical impairments, educational and economic status and the way you make payments.

When you seek a hair transplant in Turkey, SHIFT Hair Transplant Clinic will do everything possible to protect your privacy.

You also have the right to ask for the whole procedure to be private and confidential. This confidentiality extends to all written and electronic records, consultations, discussions during the case and the treatment itself. The only time that this information cannot be kept private is when the law requires its sharing.

Complaining

Your rights as a medical tourist in Istanbul also allow you to complain about any part of the procedure which contravenes the rules or your rights. You can request independent mechanisms for resolving disputes and expect a positive outcome in a timely manner.

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