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    What are the risks associated with medical tourism?

    The exact risks involved with medical tourism depend on the destination and the procedures performed, but in general include: communication difficulties, if you visit a country where you do not speak the language fluently; deep vein thrombosis, if you fly too soon after surgery; exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, that are more common in some countries than others; exposure to infections if needles are re-used and surgical equipment is not properly sterilised; counterfeit or poor-quality medications, and; if you require a blood transfusion, the blood supply may not have been properly screened for infectious diseases such as HIV.

    Answered on 12 Apr 2016. Medically reviewed by Health&

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