Does accreditation and certification for medical tourism make a difference. Keith Pollard from IMTJ highlights some of the key issues.
Certification is one of the big issues around medical tourism.
It's an important issue. If I'm a patient looking for treatment in another country, how do I know that I can trust a medical travel agent or facilitator?
How do I know that a hospital or clinic is safe?
Quite a few organisations have jumped on the accreditation and certification gravy train. Joint Commission International claims to have over 900 JCI accredited healthcare facilities around the globe. But does this mean that these facilities are any safer? Or that they will provide a better service?
We also have certification.. of clinics, of agencies and facilitators, of people providing services to medical travellers. But are these certificates worth the paper they are written on?
Are these certifications driven by the desire of the certificate seller to make money or a desire to improve standards in the industry?
In the USA you can pay 1,000 dollars and become an MTP by attending a workshop and completing an online assessment. Does that mean you are qualified to handle the complexities of managing patients who travel across borders? Does that guarantee that you're going to give appropriate advice to a travelling patient? Does that guarantee that you're going to attract more international patients?
At the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit in Croatia, I'll be chairing a lively debate, featuring speakers on both sides of the argument.
Why not come and join the discussion?
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