As the medical tourism industry grows, the quality of care in many medical tourism facilities overseas has become highly competitive with hospitals in the US. Striving to attract the medical traveler, these facilities have sought to become JCI accredited, provide superior services in world class facilities with a professional staff of doctors trained to the top medical standards, while offering procedures at prices that are far below those charged at US hospitals.
The common misconception was that overseas hospitals serving the medical tourism community were not up to the US standards of medicine. The fact is that many world class facilities have been or are being built in a number of foreign countries such as India, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, South America, and in the Middle East. The governments of many of these countries recognize not only the economic benefits of medical tourism, but also have a stake in the performance of the facilities and an incentive to ensure a satisfactory outcome for the medical tourism patient.
From PBS' Nightly Business Report
VIC LAZZARO, CEO, BRIDGEHEALTH INTERNATIONAL: They're finding and discovering that quality, significantly, excellent quality, is available abroad. For example, Wockhardt Hospital in Bangalore, India is affiliated with Harvard. Punta Pacifica in Panama is affiliated with Johns Hopkins. And secondarily the driver on this is they can save 30 to 80 percent on existing U.S. medical costs for the procedures that lend themselves to this sort of travel.
YASTINE: A recent report from consulting firm McKinsey and Company called much of the attention on medical tourism a quote, enormous amount of hype. But it also said medical travel is a highly relevant market which could eventually dispel the notion that healthcare is a purely local service.
The quality of care in medical tourism facilities is clearly trending upwards. But as in any service industry, there are medical tourism providers whose performance exceeds the norm, and there will be those whose services leave much to be desired. One of the goals of OnlineMedicalTourism.com is to locate and publish the information necessary to help you make the very important decisions taken by all medical tourism patients. While our policy does not permit us to recommend any particular medical tourism facilities, the data on this site can open your eyes to the possibilities.
Learn more about the Accreditation Organizations that verify an international medical facility has passed certain standards in regards to medical ethics, safety, and the performance of their medical personnel. With the growth in the number of medical tourism facilities/providers available, quality and safety standards become all the more important to the medical traveler.
Learn more about the Medical Tourism Facilities listed on the OnlineMedicalTourism portal.