As medical tourism grows to become a worldwide phenomenon, increasing attention is being paid to issues such as quality of treatment, accreditation of surgeons and dentists, hospitals and clinics. Sometimes these issues are raised by surgery abroad patients, and sometimes by professional bodies such as associations representing doctors, dentists and cosmetic surgeons.
The Treatment Abroad Code of Practice for Medical Tourism aims to address these concerns and reinforce the standards which the medical tourism industry is gradually adopting.
The objectives of the code are to:
The code provides reassurance regarding key issues that concern those considering treatment overseas by endorsing, through a clear and unambiguous badge, the clinics, hospitals and intermediaries that meet the standards of the code of practice.
The code is voluntary. Healthcare providers and medical tourism agencies have to demonstrate complaince with the Treatment Abroad Code of Practice, and self certify through a self assessment process, examining compliance with the code. The application is reviewed and approved or declined by external assessors.
The code is not intended to assess clinical quality and outcomes. It focuses on the business practice of medical tourism, the patient/provider relationship and the communication/information aspects of medical tourism.
Agencies and healthcare providers who have completed the self-assessment process and comply with the code may then: