Doctors accompany their clients to luxury vacation homes and recreation centers. Standards and accreditation is an international effort.
The rich and famous have been making separate trips abroad for years to participate in surgical operations through rehabilitation, rehabilitation and other medical endeavors. Now, the average American can enjoy an international medical haven, and eat the whole family for less than $ 40,000 of the price of a single knee surgery in America.
The United States was ranked 37th by the World Health Organization in the healthcare field and a million people traveled outside the United States to obtain related medical services in 2008. The medical downturn in the tropical "Lux" resort appears to be better and better for more people.
Need operation – do travel
Medical tourism, so fashioned in recent times, has been around since the Romans traveled to heal in mystical places. Modern, the best services to travel to are;
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
o General plastic and dentistry
O Barretric medicine
O Health and Wellness
If you are already one in a million travelers, or are considering adding these numbers, you want to know what all this means.
Doctors all over the world join their clients on airplanes, in foreign hospital rooms and in hospital treatment centers in luxury 5-star spa-like hotels. Their alliance with international countries, they are allowed profitability and strange surrounding areas. Some may be attracted to the relaxed laws for more experimental measures such as stem cell research innovations that have not yet been approved in the United States.
Today's providers such as Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, and Harvard (to name a few) boast of offshore 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 be booking 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 global as well as responsibility.
My last trip to Costa Rica on medical tourism included meetings with doctors, spas, and government officials and encouraging an invitation to work for accreditation at related medical resorts and health centers. Costa Rica hosted the first medical tourism conference last year, and it is rapidly adapting to become a leader in the industry.
Cheerful ads, incentives, and "accompanying packages" for medical tourism bring a lot of attention to foreign medical institutions and their spa and entertainment counterparts. Medical tourism can bring, economic growth, prestige, international alliances, and goodwill. It also brings with him the big question about medical standards and the accreditation of a medical spa. How will the immigration of foreign patients be cared for? This growth raises some stark contrasts with the high costs of attracting medical tourists with sparkling centers, and improvements at airports compared to low public health care for its people. For the sake of this article, let's stick to the first question. Standards.
Patient trust and loyalty
The national advocacy supported by the government interested in accreditation is a great foundation and was the subject of my meeting with Massimo Manzi, Chief of Staff of the Competition Ministry of Costa Rica. By working closely with the International Tourism Board, we discussed growth prospects in medical tourism and the need for health / medical spa accreditation standards.
International standards are required to effectively blend the cross while increasing its medical tourism and healing centers. The spa has become the softer side of medical tourism, and a large part of its growth. The need, especially in Costa Rica, is to create strong local incentive, partnerships and association. Like the Costa Rican Spa and Wellness Association, it is expected to launch this year. After all, the goal here is to compete, ensuring the confidence of potential customers.
With most countries using their own methodology to ensure standards, where is standardization, and to what extent does accreditation go globally?
According to the Medical Tourism Association, their "quality of care" program works towards this and the global standards for medical tourism. "This project should assist in 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 health care." Worldwide, the major hospitals that provide these surgeries are certified by JCI, Joint Commission International, including CIMA and Clinica Biblica in the capital of Costa Rica San Jose. JCI ensures that hospitals reach a standard level or are suspended from operation. 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, require a high liability or shutdown.
Feedback from professionals
We spoke with the founder of the Day Spa Association, Hannelore Leavy, on this topic and her interest in working with different countries following the guidelines of the DSA, Day Spa Association or IMSA, International Medical Spa Association. According to Hannelore, "These guidelines are the basis of our certification programs, which can be adjusted according to the local laws of each country's governing regulators." The DSA mission statement includes "… the continuous upgrading of professionalism and high quality services …" and the IMSA mission statement "… the continuous upgrading of a practical but strict code of ethics based on the highest standards of care and peer-reviewed organization."
Continuous rise is a good way to boost growth in the industry, and a key advantage we will work on in this case.
Statistics of the Costa Rican Tourism Authority refer to about 250 plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery procedures 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
Face Lift: $ 12,000, $ 4,700
With many major hospitals and over 500 spa facilities in Costa Rica, you'll have a choice from where to go. We hope it will be certified 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.
It does not matter whether clients are driven by mandatory medical problems or compulsory desires, health tourism is enjoying prosperity. This means more need for strict standards and intense competition. Competition pays strategy. Strategy and creativity. Creativity, the ability to cut corners. Especially when underdeveloped countries rely heavily on numbers of tourism and medical tourism to achieve economic growth.
There are many associations dedicated to being the voice of this industry, including the IMSA, the Medical Tourism Association, and the International Chamber of Commerce for Health Tourism that are all making great strides in standards and standardization.
Join the noise
This is an industry with many onion layers, with more being discovered. Let's not let “medical imperialism” with intolerance toward foreign physicians, or the “race” of prestigious American medical facilities to create foreign satellites, or even fear of competition, the real issues of patient care and the international effort to ensure medical / medical tourism go beyond spa / resort standards healthy.
I may be exemplary, and I hope a few of us will remain, but I think we can continue to compel foreign officials in their desire to adopt and create a balance for all concerned. I will continue to foster growth of standards and creativity without cutting corners.
You can join the cause and join the noise by contacting Costa Rican officials about the Medical Spa / 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 evaluation system with an association and criteria to ask for;
o President of Information and Communications Technology (Costa Rica Tourism Board) – Carlos Ricardo Benevides
Central office: 011 506 2299 5800
o Minister of Tourism Planning – Antonio Farah
Central office: 011 506 2299 5293
Competition Minister – Massimo Manzi
Central office: 011 506 2299 5293
Meanwhile, you can enjoy your medical trips, and don't forget to enjoy some cultural aspects of the beautiful countries hosting foreign medical tourists. Spread the word. Making a difference.