Medical Tourism (also referred to as Health Tourism and Global Health Care) is a concept that describes the movement of people out of their home country to obtain medical care and surgical procedures usually at a lower cost and more quickly.
The factors which led to the increasing popularity of this concept revolve around the long waiting times at public hospitals, the difficulty of paying health insurance, the high prices of health care in the home country and seeking lower prices or highly skilled surgical teams, clinics and hospitals with technology.
Medical Tourism is indicated for those who do not want to depend on waiting lists, for those who want a health care to convalescence in an idyllic spot as the Algarve, with all its climatic characteristics.
You can and should be accompanied with a friend or family member.
HPP Algarve Medical Tourism offers accommodation if you want, when budget requests. However, feel free to be able to schedule Your own Hotel.
HPP Algarve Medical Tourism does not provide flight bookings, the customers have to provide their own trip.
If you speak English, you will not need a translator. But if you speak another foreign language, although our employees are multilingual, there may be some language barriers.
Yes, Santa Maria de Faro's Hospital is certified since 1999. The São Gonçalo de Lagos' Hospital is certified since 2005 to the standard NP EN/ISO 9001:2008 and it was Accredited by Joint Commission International since April 2012.
To request a quote on the website of HPP Algarve Medical Tourism you should make your registration in Client Area filling all the required data.
Once registered, you must click on the toolbar Free Quote and follow the indications, filling, step by step, all items of the form.
In the end, you should confirm any information, read the legal conditions. You can save the quote and send it later, you can send it and pay 10% ensuring the scheduling of surgery or you can print the document.
Surgical intervention may be cancelled until the day of admission, there is, however, some costs associated with such cancellation in case the payment is settled up to seven days before the date of admission.
If our site does not provide for the procedure needed, please contact us so we can make a budget
The budget includes:
- Accommodation in a Hotel, as described in the budget (price for 2 pax, breakfast includes)
- Medical procedures approved on budget;
- Patient meals when hospitalized;
- Pre and post operative consultations related to surgical procedure;
- Clinical exams for hospitalization admission;
The budget does not include:
- Any non-specified additional expenses;
- Transportation to and from the Hospital (we can estimate these costs for you if requested);
- Touristic options and medical procedures not specified on budget;
- Meals for relatives (or any other person accompanying you);
- Extra expenses at hotels (these shall be paid directly to the Hospital when leaving);
- Medical appointments and/or additional exams in order to perform the chosen medical procedure, that are exceptionally necessary regarding the current clinical condition of the patient whem in first contact with the Physician;
- Mandatory Travel Insurance;
Yes, of course. We have at your disposal a number of direct dial telephone, Skype, Messenger, Fax and e-mail, in addition to existing forms on the site.
To ensure the scheduling of the surgery as soon as possible at the time of booking you may pay 10% of the total budget. One week before the surgery you must pay 40% of the total budget or 50% (if not paid the 10% at the beginning). On the day of admission you must pay the remaining 50%.
You should reach the Algarve at least the day before surgery.
All surgeries have risks, these risks come from many factors, including what tipe of surgery is going to be done, if the patient has health problems not related to the surgery, if the patient is a smoker, if the patient is obese, if the incident was an emergency (ex: appendicitis, ulcer perforation etc) or emergent (poli-traumatic patient, run over victim).
The risk cannot be totally banned, but with medical progress and the introduction of new medication, new equipment, new anaesthetic technics, better medical studies and urgent standard qualities demanded, the anaesthetic procedure has become safer.
The anaesthetist prevents, treats and compensates any medical problem that may appear during or after the surgery. Before the surgery the patient is valuated by the anaesthetist (pre-anaesthetic consultation or pre-anaesthetic valuation). This valuation gives the anaesthetist a certain knowledge of the patients health so that he can prevent certain problems that may occur.
We may say that the most common problems that do occur are not dangerous, such as itching, nausea, vomiting, the serious problems are very rare, such as serious allergic reaction, genetic situations that are unknown, etc.
The accidentes or complications are very rare and for safety measures the hospitals are very well equipped and have an ICU Unit (Intensive Care Unit), which reduce drastically risks involving serious accidentes.
It is related with what type of anaesthetic, surgery and clinical conditions of the patient.
With the arrival of modern technics and medication, the patient is woken from the anaesthetic calmly and gradually without discomfort. The most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, and pain. In the mean while the anaesthetist administers medication before the patient wakes up to prevent these situations.
After surgery the patient stays in a recovery room for an observation period, so that the anaesthetist can observe the response of the patient to the anaesthetic, during this period the anaesthetist will verify the breathing function, circulation and conscious level, being able to treat any symptom that might appear.
It is a medical consultation similar to any medical consultation that the patient has had with the surgeon, important aspects will be seen by the anaesthetist. In this consultation the anaesthetist will ask the patient if he has any medical problems, such as Heart disease, lung or kidney disease etc., if the patient has any history of prior problems with anaesthetic or any close family with this type of problem, if the patient has any allergies, if he takes any medication that might interfere with the anaesthetic or that he might have to suspend and if he is a drug abuser. It will be in this consultation that the anaesthetist will inform the patient about the type of care he will need before and after the surgery, the information that is given will also be about the fast of pre-surgery, the rotines and information about the type of anaesthetic that will be administered, the anaesthetist will also clear up any doubts and fears that the patient might have.
Most of the time this consultation is substituted by a pre valuation of the patient before the surgery, duss avoiding more charges.
In this pre valuation important elements are taken into account to assure a safe anaesthetic.
No, there is no test to know if the patient is allergic to the anaesthetic, Nowadays this type o complication is very rare and any hospital is prepared to treat this problem if it does occur.
It is not required to do so, but if you want you can help in this way, the correspondence and communication between the doctor and the doctor who will treat.
Your travel plans are always conditioned by your recovery. However, when you make the budget we give you the information how much time you need to stay in the Algarve.
Any surgical procedure has its risks. Regardless of the quality of the facilities, the surgeon's expertise or competence of the whole team, some things can go wrong, mistakes are attributable to the surgical team, facilities or even the constitution of the patient.
Before surgery, the patient must sign a document which is called Informed Consent, which assumes knowledge of the risks of intervention, the patient responds, also, to an inquiry, a query is evaluated, the patient havs an admission and a specialty consultation in this way we seek to minimize the error rate.
After surgery and if something is running out of normal, the patient should contact the surgeon to schedule an appointment for evaluation.
If you need to do more than one surgical procedure contact us so we can evaluate the possibility of achieving them in the same intervention.
Every surgical procedure has a minimum stay recommended in the Algarve. However feel free to enjoy every corner of this region and extend your holidays.