Medical Travel

Travelling abroad with a disability – Barrier- free Travel

According to the Association of British Travel Agents, (ABTA), under European law (regulation 1107/2006), all passengers who have a disability can receive assistance when they fly, free of charge. Travel operators are obliged to meet accessibility standards.

Garry Nelson of AllClear, a specialist in medical travel insurance gives some top tips to minimise risk and maximise your holiday enjoyment:

Plan ahead – whether you have a mobility issue, a visual impairment or any other disability, you’ll need to plan ahead to make sure you get the right service for you. If you have a wheelchair, for example, ask whether the aeroplane, boat, bus or train has wheelchair accessible areas, and if you have a carer, where he or she will be seated.

Speak to your healthcare provider – if you feel the journey might be uncomfortable for you, speak to your GP or medical healthcare provider and see whether they can suggest anything to help make the journey more comfortable. If you take medication for your condition, ask for a prescription to cover the time you’ll be away, as well as a little extra in case your flight is delayed. Ask about taking medication when crossing time zones. If your airline requires a ‘fit to travel’ note, or a letter from your doctor authorising you to carry certain medications, arrange this with plenty of time to spare.

Research accommodation – it’s important to thoroughly discuss all your requirements with your travel company, and don’t feel you need to stick to staying in hotels. Many lodges on safari, for example, feature fully accessible and adapted rooms, and even some tented camps are suitably modified.

Follow the FCO advice – the Foreign & Commonwealth Office ( provides travel advice on some 225 countries or territories and gives best advice on where/where not to travel. The Travel Health Pro and NHS Fit To Travel websites are other useful sources of information.

Remember, you will not be covered on your travel insurance if you travel to a country or area where the FCO advises the public not to travel.

Help for hard of hearing – for travellers hard of hearing, airlines should provide telecommunication devices for the deaf, or text telephones.

Find the right medical travel insurance – Specialist travel insurance will provide reassurance that if anything should happen while you are on holiday, you’ll be fully covered. It is vital that you declare everything so your insurers have accurate information on all pre-existing medical conditions.

Obtain an EHIC card – an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) can provide low cost, or even free, healthcare if travelling within the EU. A card can be ordered at no charge via the NHS’ website. It’s important to note that this card IS NOT a substitute for comprehensive medical travel insurance.

Know your destination – Do some research on your holiday destination – just in case. What is the availability and affordability of private healthcare? Does the country offer a free healthcare system? Is English widely spoken in hospitals? Are there any specific health risks or diseases associated with a country that you should be aware of?  What vaccinations are required? And is there good availability of standard prescriptions? The chances are you won’t need to consider any of these things while on holiday, but it can’t hurt to be prepared.



The Cirumed Clinic, Spain

The Cirumed Clinic, located in Marbella, Spain is a plastic, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgery clinic. The facility is led by Dr. Alexander Aslani, the clinic’s director, who has a below average complication rate and above average patient rating. He has been named the Head of the Plastic Surgery Departments of Hospital Quiron Malaga and Hospital Quiron Marbella.

The Cirumed Clinic works alongside the Hospital Quiron, with all of the clinic’s surgeons working as consultants in the department of Plastic, Aesthetic, and Reconstructive Surgery in the Hospital Quiron Malaga. The clinic only enlists surgeons who have had considerable experience with every contemporary plastic surgery procedure.

The Cirumed Clinic received the 2017 International Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of the Year Award by the International Medical Travel Journal.

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The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, Malaysia

The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a service underneath the Ministry of Health Malaysia. It was created to make Malaysia number one in healthcare across the globe while carrying out the expansion of its medical tourism industry. A major role of the MHTC is to ensure that visitors have a seamless experience when they visit Malaysia for health care needs.

The MHTC creates public-private sector alliances so that difficulties within the industry can be swiftly taken care of. Due to partnerships with stakeholders such as the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM), the MHTC has been a catalyst for medical tourism growth in Malaysia.

The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council received the 2017 Health and Medical Tourism: Cluster of the Year Award by the International Medical Travel Journal.

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France Surgery, France

France Surgery, located in Toulouse, France offers up a wide variety of hospitals to choose from throughout the country. Being one of the most highly regarded health care systems in the world, France gives patients from abroad the opportunity to experience the utmost in care. Featuring an expansive network of hospitals and doctors and over 2100 facilities, France is a healthcare leader.

France Surgery works as a middleman by helping patients abroad find a specialist for their medical needs while connecting them with their doctors before their visits. The service also plans out each patient’s itinerary by utilizing its extensive list of hotels, B&B’s, and travel companies.

France Surgery received the 2017 Best Use of Technology in Medical Tourism Award by the International Medical Travel Journal.

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Danubius Health Spa Resort, Slovakia

Danubius Health Spa Resort in Irma, Slovakia, features over 60 medical and spa treatments and is situated directly on top of the healing springs of Piestany. This 5-star hotel uses the healing springs to deliver a host of wellness treatments and other services. The facility also features a centrally-located mud pool.

In addition to the treatments carried out by the healing springs, the health spa also features beauty and fitness services. Beauty, cosmetic, and relaxation treatments are available on behalf of French cosmetic brand Clarins, and personal training and fitness consultations are also available.

Danubius Health Spa Resort received the 2017 International Thermal Medical Bath of the Year Award by the International Medical Travel Journal.

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The Moorfields Eye Hospital, UAE

The Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai is a branch of the same hospital in London which was established over 200 years ago. The London location is the oldest eye hospital in the world and one of the most sizeable. The Dubai facility offers a wide range of treatments for eye diseases that are found in all age groups, from adults to children.

It is located in Dubai Healthcare City to service the surrounding region and the growing international medical tourism market.

The Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai received the 2017 International Eye Clinic of the Year Award by the International Medical Travel Journal.

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Advanced Hair Clinics, Greece

Advanced Hair Clinics, based in Athens, Greece, has locations throughout the country as well as in Denmark and Albania. The Athens location serves as the largest hair transplantation clinic, and its services provide both men and women with treatment for hair loss. The founder of the clinics is plastic surgeon Dr. Anastasios Vekris MD, regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities in hair transplantation.

The Athens facility is the only Advanced Hair Clinics location to carry out the forward-thinking method of FUE, or Follicular Unit Extraction. This entails removing hair follicles from the donor and implanting them in groups of one to four hairs.

Advanced Hair Clinics received the 2017 International Hair Clinic of the Year Award by the International Medical Travel Journal.

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Clemenceau Medical Center, Lebanon

Clemenceau Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon, is the first in the region to offer pioneering treatments, while also providing well-appointed rooms of a 5-star hotel quality. With a one-to-one ratio between patient and nurse, personalized care is assured.

The facility has been recognized for its cancer center, where a one-stop philosophy allows patients to undergo the entire oncology process in one place.

Clemenceau Medical Center received the 2017 International Cancer Centre of the Year Award by the International Medical Travel Journal.

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IMED Hospitales, Spain

IMED Hospitales, a medical group located in Eastern Spain, boasts five different locations. The group is known for customized health care and the highest overall standard of care in the Alicante region. Centered on goals such as customer orientation, initiative, and continuous improvement, IMED Hospitales are recognized for utilizing cutting-edge technology and the highest in quality standards.

The group is well-known for its dialysis center which is located in Benidorm. It utilizes sophisticated water treatment technology to aid in these procedures, in addition to the skills of an ever-present doctor so patients are guaranteed immediate attention.

IMED Hospitales received the 2017 International Dialysis Clinic of the Year Award by the International Medical Travel Journal.

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Poliklinika Bagatin, Croatia

Poliklinika Bagatin is a cosmetic surgery clinic located in Zagreb, Croatia. It offers a wide range of maxillofacial, general and plastic surgery, dermatology and anesthesiology procedures. The clinic was founded in 2002 by Prof. Dr. Mario Bagatin, internationally acclaimed maxillofacial and plastic surgeon and has since become a leading policlinic in the procedures it offers.

The clinic has two locations in Zagreb which both offer only the latest technology.

Poliklinika Bagatin received the 2017 International Cosmetic Surgery Clinic of the Year Award by the International Medical Travel Journal.

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