Budgetary quote versus firmquote

Starting your research

Embarking on a medical trip takes research and planning.  Fortunately, you can start your research by looking up budgetary pricing from a selection of top global service providers on the Taqtik marketplace.  Once you are ready you can also request a free firmquote from excellent service providers and agencies that are highly experienced in providing you with professional feedback and pricing.

The difference between a budgetary quote and a firmquote

On the marketplace, you will see pricing estimates that are current and provided by the vendor or service provider. A budgetary quote or estimate is not a fixed price, but the service provider’s (hospital, clinic) best guess of what the procedure will cost, based on an average patient and their skill and past experience of working with many international patients.

What’s a Firmquote?

A Firmquote is a confirmation from the service provider that they will complete the procedures or treatments for a specified price. On each marketplace procedure, you will see the option to request a Firmquote with surgeon feedback. This can take a few hours or several days depending on availability.

Once you accept a quote, the service provider can’t charge you more than that what was agreed unless;

    • You decide to add additional treatments
    • You agree to vary the procedures, following the pre-surgical consultation. This might include varying implants, sizes, prosthetics, etc.
    • There are undiscovered medical conditions that were not diagnosed or disclosed prior
    • Additional services not included or specified in advance (or must be over a certain amount) like airport pick-ups, local transportation, etc.

Legally, this is known as a variation.

Varying prices for similar procedures

You will see various prices on the marketplace that vary significantly in price. If the firm or budgetary quotes vary a lot in price, it is worth asking why. It could mean the service provider:

    • has more experience
    • is proposing using higher-quality materials
    • is more realistic about how long the procedure will take
    • has included services or additional options
    • has misunderstood your requests

When you have made your decision and chosen your service provider or surgeon, you should let the unsuccessful service providers know so you will not be contacted further.

Consider more than just price

When comparing quotes or estimates, don’t just base your decision on price. You should also consider the service providers or surgeons:

    • Level of experience
    • Reliability
    • Quality standards
    • Accreditation standard
    • Capacity or limited availability
    • References and past patient references

Why should I get a Firmquote?

You should get a firmquote to ensure you are suitable for the procedures or treatment you have requested and that the price is as expected. If you are planning to travel at a certain time you should also make sure there is availability at that time. 

Reserving your dates

If you have been given a firmquote, the service provider will provide you with a surgery or treatment date and commit to this date unless there is an unforeseen circumstance or you have agreed to a variation that cannot be performed on that date. To reserve these dates, you are typically asked to pay a deposit, which is typically 10% of the total firmquote, with the balance due on arrival, or 30 days prior to surgery (depending on provider).

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