Doctors accompany their clients to holiday homes and luxury recreation centers. Standards and accreditation are an international effort.
Wealthy and famous people have been making separate trips outside the country for years to participate in surgeries through rehabilitation, rehabilitation and other medical endeavors. Now, the average American can enjoy an international medical sanctuary, with the whole family for less than $ 40,000 of the price of one knee surgery in America.
The United States was ranked 37th by the World Health Organization in the field of health care and a million people traveled outside the United States for related medical services in 2008. The medical decline in the tropical luxe resort seems to be better and better for more people.
Need operation – do travel
Medical tourism, formulated as such recently, has been around since the Romans traveled to heal themselves in mystical places. In modern terms, the best services to travel to are;
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
o Cosmetic and general dentistry
O Bariatric medicine
General surgical procedures
O Health and wellness
If you are already one of a million travelers, or are considering adding these numbers, you want to know what all this means.
Doctors around the world are joining their clients on airplanes, in foreign hospital rooms and at the 5-star spa resorts that resemble luxury hotels. Their alliance with international nations, allows them profitability and exotic surroundings. Some may be drawn to loosening laws for more experimental procedures such as stem cell research innovations that have not yet been approved in the United States
Today providers such as Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, and Harvard (to name a few) boasts overseas facilities. According to BusinessWeek, Blue Cross & Blue Shield in South Carolina also signed strategic alliances with seven outpatient hospitals in 2008.
Your doctor may already have booked appointments in Guatemala, Thailand, Costa Rica or the Philippines. just ask. Thailand for example, reported 1.5 million people for medical tourism in 2007. Doctors from all over the world are registered to practice there. The term is universal as well as responsibility.
My recent trip to Costa Rica on medical tourism included meetings with doctors, spas and government officials and encouraged a call to action for accreditation in medical resorts and related health centers. Costa Rica hosted its first medical tourism conference last year and is rapidly adapting to become an industry leader.
The “accompanying programs” of exhilarating advertisements, incentives and medical tourism are of great interest to foreign medical institutions and their counterparts in the spa and leisure industry. Medical tourism can bring, economic growth, prestige, international alliances, goodwill. It also brings with it the big question about medical standards and the adoption of medical spa. How will the migration of foreign patients be taken care of? This growth raises some stark contrasts with rising costs to attract medical tourists with sparkling centers, and improvements at airports compared to low public health care for its people. For this article, let's stick to the first question. Standards.
Confident, patient and loyalty
The national advocacy for action supported by the government interested in accreditation was a great foundation and was the subject of my meeting with Massimo Manzi, Chief of Staff of the Costa Rican Ministry of Competitiveness. By working closely with the International Tourism Board, we discussed growth prospects in medical tourism and the need for accreditation standards in health / medical spas.
International standards are required to effectively mix the cross with increasing medical tourism and their healing centers. The spa has become the softer side of medical tourism, and much of its growth. The need, particularly in Costa Rica, is to create a strong local incentive, partnerships and association. Such as the Costa Rica Spa and Wellness Association, expected to be launched this year. After all, the goal here is to compete and ensure the trust of potential customers.
With most countries using their own methodology to ensure standards, where is standardization, and to what extent does accreditation go on a global level?
According to the Medical Tourism Association, their “quality of care” program works to achieve this and the global standards for medical tourism. "This project should help the growth of medical tourism and help patients feel more comfortable and confident when traveling abroad for surgery … Our mission is to provide" transparency "regarding the quality of care data in the world of medical tourism / global healthcare." Worldwide, major hospitals offering these surgeries are already accredited by JCI, JCI, including CIMA and Clinica Biblica in the Costa Rican capital of San Jose. JCI ensures that hospitals reach a standard or non-operational level. When it comes to resort accreditation, we are committed to providing our expertise in spa quality and leading the national call to action in Costa Rica. Spa standards, especially medically relevant, need to be discontinued or discontinued at a high level.
Feedback from professionals
We talked with the founder of the Spa Day, Hannelore Leavy, about this and her interest in working with different countries following the DSA, Day Spa Association or IMSA, International Medical Spa Association guidelines. According to Hannelore, "these guidelines are the basis of our accreditation programs, which can be modified in accordance with the local laws of each country governing regulators." The DSA mission statement includes "… continuous upgrading of professionalism and high quality services …" and IMSA mission statement "… continuous upgrading of a practical but strict code of ethics based on the highest standards of care and peer review organization."
Continuous rise is a good way to promote growth in the industry, the main characteristic we will work on in this case.
Statistics from the Costa Rica Tourism Authority show that about 250 plastic and cosmetic surgery surgeries are performed every month in Costa Rica hospitals. Ninety percent of these are made on foreigners. This is not a surprise when you see the cost difference.
Abdominoplasty: 10,000 USD 4,500 USD
Face Lift: US $ 12,000 US $ 4,700
With several major hospitals and over 500 spa facilities in Costa Rica, you have a choice of where to go. We hope one is accredited by JCI and an international association specializing in spa standards. In this case, you can pursue accreditation from the Costa Rica Spa and Wellness Association or DSA / IMSA as global partners.
No matter whether customers are driven by compulsory medical problems or compulsory desires, health tourism enjoys prosperity. This means more need for strict standards, and intense competition. Competition pushes strategy. Strategy and creativity. Creativity, the possibility of cutting corners. Especially when underdeveloped countries rely heavily on the numbers of tourism and medical tourism for economic growth.
There are many associations that are dedicated to being the voice of the industry, including the IMSA, the Medical Tourism Association, and the International Chamber of Commerce for Health Tourism which are all taking great strides in standards and standardization.
Joined the noise
This is an industry with many layers of onions, with more to be discovered. Let's not let "medical imperialism" with intolerance towards foreign doctors, or "race" prestigious US medical facilities to create foreign satellites, or even fear of competition, go beyond the real issues of patient care and an international effort in ensuring medical tourism / spa / spa standards.
I may be perfect, and I hope a few of us will remain, but I think we can continue to force foreign officials into their desire to rely and create a balance for all concerned. I will continue to promote the growth of standards and creativity without cutting corners.
You can join the cause and join the noise by contacting Costa Rican officials about spa / medical spa standards, ensuring our national call to action, and launching a local spa association. Send comments to government officials to reinforce your concerns and the need for an assessment system with the association and standards's requests;
o President of Information and Communication Technology (Costa Rica Tourism Board) – Carlos Ricardo Benivides
Central Office: 011 506 2299 5800
o Minister of Tourism Planning – Antonio Farah
Central Office: 011 506 2299 5293
Competitiveness Minister – Massimo Manzi
Central Office: 011 506 2299 5293
In the meantime, you can enjoy your medical trips, and don't forget to enjoy some cultural aspects of the beautiful countries that host foreign medical tourists. Spread the word. Make a difference.