In running your medical practice, are there things you’d do different to put it in a better place moving ahead.

If you said yes, do you have a good sense of what changes need to happen for your medical practice to see improvement?

By doing what it takes to put your practice in a better spot, you could see an uptick in revenue before you know it.

Does Your Office Feel Welcoming to Patients?

One of the big keys to a successful medical practice is making sure your patients feel safe and welcomed each time they come calling.

With that in mind, do you think you meet the needs of patients when they come in for an appointment?

So, if you provide services with exam chairs, do the chairs not only get the job done but also give patients comfort? In the event such chairs either do not do the job, are not comfortable or both, you could be looking at problems.

Speaking of problems, you also want to avoid an unsafe setting at your practice.

Among the things to focus on with regular attention would include:

· Clean office that is not likely to make patients sick when they visit.

· Safe office that won’t likely injure patients when they come in to see you.

· Making the outside property you own or rent safe too when patients visit.

In doing all you need to when it comes to having a healthy and safe office, what improvements should you focus on?

Does Your Staff Meet and Exceed the Needs of Patients?

As key as your office conditions are to keeping the majority of your patients coming back don’t sleep on staff.

That said have you been doing a good job of hiring and keeping the best staff possible? Failing to do this can lead to a notable drop-off in the number of patients you have over time.

So, make sure your staff gets how important it is for them to do their jobs with the utmost professionalism.

When looking to hire new staff, be sure to do your homework.

That means for one that you do background searches. Not only do you want the most qualified folks, you’ll also need people with personalities set for this work.

Another focus should be a staff that gets along well. Having the right people in the right positions will improve the odds. That is of having a well-oiled machine in place when it comes to staff.

Finally, you want to be prompt in answering any questions, concerns and so on patients have of you or your staff.

By doing this, odds are you will keep the bulk of your patients coming back again and again. If you fail to do this, it can open the door to some or many patients looking elsewhere for their medical care.

As you reflect on your practice, what would make for a healthier prescription? That is when it comes to a better setting?

You may have heard the expression medical tourism bandied around many times in the past. But what actually is medical tourism? Medical tourism is going to another country to have a procedure performed at a much reduced rate than the home country. There are pros and cons to this, and you have to decide for yourself what is worth it and what isn’t. We bring you a list of some things for your consideration. 

Cost 

Generally, the foremost reason why people go with medical tourism is cost. Sometimes the difference in cost is quite amazing. For example: A dental crown in Los Angeles can cost $800 to $1,000, in the Philippines or India that will cost $100 to $150 with a western train dentist. You can still get it much cheaper than that but you’re taking a lot of risks then. You have to remember though that like anywhere in the world all doctors are different. There are dentists in the United States that are terrible and will mess your teeth up, just like there are dentists overseas that will do the same. So look at reviews and ask around. 

Elective procedures 

Most insurance in the United States does not cover elective procedures. These are things to make you feel better or look better. These procedures don’t have a life-threatening aspect to them. If you want plastic surgery, it’s going to cost you. So jumping back to our first point, cost is an issue. A good rule of thumb for elective surgery, such as liposuction, between the United States and a country such as Thailand, is you will be paying 30% of the cost that you would pay in the USA. 

Safety 

People often have worries of health safety in other countries, but if you choose a top hospital or clinic, and have checked it’s reviews, then this is usually not a problem. Many doctors and dentist are western trained. The facilities are up-to-date and clean. Medical tourism is a business, and they want to do the best they possibly can so they can get continuing business. Obviously, if you go to a smaller Hospital it will not have the same quality or level as the larger hospitals that are familiar with medical tourism. Just like the USA or anywhere, do your research. Check out the doctors and the hospitals that you will choose as you will be putting your life in their hands. 

If things go wrong 

Unfortunately, things can go wrong in any medical procedure. This is one of the main reasons that you need to do research to make sure you are selecting the best professional you can. There is not too much you can do. One of the reasons the hospitals and doctors in the USA are so expensive is the amount of insurance they carry for litigation when patients to sue them. Good luck trying to sue a doctor in india. Your choices are to fly back to the country and have them fix it, or go to a local doctor to fix it instead. Local doctors can cost you a lot more than you originally paid depending how badly things have gone wrong. It’s a gamble, but remember, things go wrong in the USA too. Do your research. 

Travel 

Depending on what procedure you will be doing, some hospitals that cater to medical tourism are like staying in a luxury hotel, with a nurse on staff to check you. Thailand has some hospitals that you would mistake for a high-level Hotel. If you can get the time off to travel and get some medical procedures done, very often the price of the whole vacation, including the travel and the medical procedure, will be half the price of the procedure alone back home. 

Medical tourism is great, as long as you understand its limits. You have to do your research like you would with any hospital or doctor back home. Check reviews, and anything anybody else says about them. You can get world class attention and medical treatment with medical tourism, as long as you do your research. In the last 10 years I don’t think we have had any dental procedures done in the United States, we have always had them done as we travel, and we have never regretted it yet. Just remember this is your life so make the effort to do the research.