Inevitably, along with the rising costs of elective surgical procedures come people who feel it’s a good idea to travel to other countries to save money on their procedures. With this also comes the increased danger of medical malpractice, and the laws for pursuing justice in such claims are much different outside of the U.S.
There are many reasons why going outside the country for risky surgical procedures can turn disastrous, but the most common are the lack of training of medical professionals, more lenient regulations, and fewer medical malpractice claims. Ironically enough, even though there are fewer claims, in many of these countries medical malpractice occurs in much greater numbers than here in the States. There are simply fewer opportunities or resources for victims to seek justice.
The truth is, the dangers of seeking complicated medical procedures in countries unequipped to handle them is risky and quite frankly, a bad decision.
A few possible negative outcomes of shopping around for surgery include:
- Wrong site surgery
- Anesthesia malpractice
- Botched surgery
- Wrongful death
If you are considering traveling outside of the U.S. to receive plastic surgery or another complicated procedure, it would be wise to reconsider. Although there are still cases of medical malpractice within this country, the chance of it happening here is far less likely than if you venture elsewhere.