Best ten hospitals for medical tourism

 

The Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA) has issued its first list of the top ten world’s best hospitals for medical tourists and has named Fortis Hospital in Bangalore as number one hospital in the world. Six of the top 10 world’s best hospitals are in Asia, two in Europe and two in North America.

MTQUA founder Julie Munro says, "Fortis is exemplary in nearly all the criteria we used. The medical traveler’s journey is a complex one and this list helps patients look beyond hospital websites where they can get the full spectrum of care management they need for a successful medical trip. If you cannot get as good or better care abroad than you can at home, you may as well stay home.”

This list is issued to help patients, hospitals, and medical travel agents better understand the important factors that create an outstanding medical experience for a medical tourist.Some patients now consider accreditation status and word of mouth recommendations before they make their choice of hospital, and that’s a definite improvement over relying only on the internet for information or choosing the lowest cost. There are other significant, factors including patient safety and security, international patient operations and protocols, marketing integrity, and transparency.

Top ten recognition was given to the hospitals based on MTQUA’s strict assessment criteria of-

1. Medical quality and outcomes
2. International patient management
3. International patient marketing
4. Value for service
5. Patient safety and security
6. Transparency
7. Attention to the unique needs of the medical traveler

 The top ten hospitals-

1. Fortis Hospital, Bangalore, India
2. Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore
3. Prince Court Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4. Shouldice Hospital, Toronto, Canada
5. Schoen-Kliniken, Munich, Germany
6. Bumrungrad International, Bangkok, Thailand
7. Bangkok Hospital Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
8. Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul, Korea
9. Clemenceau Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
10. Christus Muguerza Super Specialty Hospital, Monterrey, Mexico

Why Fortis Hospital Bangalore is number one -

Medical quality-It has an excellent surgery option for medical travelers seeking joint replacement, particularly hip resurfacing and replacement. It’s also strong in cardiac surgery and neurosurgery.

International patient management-The hospital has a transparent process sensitive to the needs of patients and families for their cultural, language, and religious requirements, their medical needs and emotional support.

International patient marketing-It actively supports web-based social networks, including Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. It has its own blog.

Value for services-It has a competitive cost structure.

Patient safety and security-The hospital assigns dedicated staff representatives to the patient throughout their hospital stay and a treating physician who directly discusses procedures and outcomes before the patient leaves their home country. Communication with the patient’s family physician is encouraged. Patients may stay in the hospital for their full recovery period to avoid moving to a hotel.

Transparency-Every effort is extended to ensure transparency of care, from cost to outcomes data. Patients receive a portfolio of their medical file and surgery documents including CT scans, MRI and X-rays, and operative notes to take back to their home country.

Attention to the needs of the medical traveler-It offers prompt scheduling of pre-surgery preparation and provides exemplary follow up care and services to monitor medical travellers once they return home.

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