The Medical Tourism Association Launches Medical Tourism Facilitator Certification Program

PR-USE.NET | 2009-03-27

The Medical Tourism Association has launched "certification" to ensure the safety and overall positive results for patients traveling from one country to another. "Having the right processes and procedures in place to assist international patients has a direct correlation to better surgical outcomes for those patients.

The Medical Tourism Association Facilitator members that are currently in the application process of the program include Alpha Medical Tourism LTD, Global Surgery Network, Inc., International Healthcare & Wellness, MedVoy, Inc., Patients Without Borders and Surgical Trip, LLC.

The Medical Tourism Association has launched "certification" to ensure the safety and overall positive results for patients traveling from one country to another. "Having the right processes and procedures in place to assist international patients has a direct correlation to better surgical outcomes for those patients," stated Renée-Marie Stephano, Chief Operating Officer of the Medical Tourism Association. The certification for Medical Tourism Programs is critical to help patients, employers and insurance companies identify which hospitals have the highest quality of care and the right processes and procedures in place to ensure patient safety during their entire patient experience. As the industry grows, there is a greater need to assure that hospitals, clinics, recovery centers and facilitators entering the Medical Tourism industry have the proper patient management procedures to manage the patient experience before they begin their journey until well after they return home. These procedures should include proper communication, transparency in quality and pricing, informed consent, appropriate aftercare and continuity of care once the patient returns home. The Medical Tourism Association Certification is not an identification of the quality of the surgeons or the facility outcomes, rather it focuses on the international patients' services and protocols currently being utilized and marketed to foreign patients, allowing patients, employers and insurance companies the ability to identify those organizations that are qualified to receive patients that are looking for specific medical tourism services.



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