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International Hospital Accreditation

What is Accreditation?

An accredited business is one that has been assessed by an independent third party organisation that measures and rates the regulations, safety guidelines, and practices of a service or business - in this case, medical facilities.

Think of accreditation as a stamp of approval verifying the authenticity and quality of services. A restaurant in Australia can't open unless it passes certain health inspection codes, and a lawyer can't begin practicing until he or she has passed a series of qualifications.

The same is true of medical practitioners and facilities. They must demonstrate to accrediting bodies that they possess the personnel, resources, training, experience, and regulatory understanding to provide quality medical treatment to patients.

Receiving safe and quality care is the primary issue for patients considering medical tourism as a treatment option. Outbound medical tourism sponsors are responding to consumers' safety and quality expectations, and typically tout these program attritubes:

  • Western trained physicians and care teams
  • Use of clinical information technologies
  • Affiliations with reputable, top-tier U.S. provider organisations
  • Coordination of pre- and post- discharge care
  • Use of evidence-based clinical guidelines
  • Certification for safety and quality
  • Provision for adverse events requiring services unavailable in the facility

 

Why is it important?

Accredication helps consumers select a provider medical facility based on maintenance of certain standards, medical ethics and quality. Issues such as evidence-based medicine, quality assurance and the reduction of medical error is a key role of the accreitation process in the maintenance of patient safety.

What does it involve?

 It measures certain parameters like:

  • Medical practioners having required training along with passing the qualified exams
  • Robust facilities to handle inpatient and outpatient care
  • Coordination capabilites with different agencies like insurance providers, governement agencies and other facilitators
  • Cultural sensitivity and understanding of international persity 
  • Acceptable medical ratios: patient to different kind of medical staff ratios

Hospitals that lack accreditation are hospitals worth avoiding. That's why at Global Health Travel, all medical facilities in our network have been accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) or the International Organization for Standardiation (ISO)