Quality in Medical Tourism Video

In this video we learn how people can evaluate quality and safety in medical treatments abroad.
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How can people evaluate quality and safety in medical treatments abroad? And that's the problem that we have right now, there is not one place that you can go for this information. What you have is you have different websites, for different hospitals and you need to sift through them and hope that they are providing information on quality care indicators as well as outcomes on procedures. Most of the time, you need to do a lot of emailing or phone calls to get some of that information. But we have done through the Medical Tourism Association is -- we are membership for providers, and facilitators as well. Basically, we are trying to create a transparency in the industry, and unification of quality of care standards, and having the providers provide the same type of information. So they will be able to clip that information available online, and then patients can go to that one website, and compare the hospitals. Ultimately, as a long-term goal, what we would like to do is how the US hospitals do the same. So you can actually compare the quality of care issues between hospitals and the international hospitals. Are there any barriers that US doctors face in regard to medical tourism? There are some legal liability issues that are -- people are trying to work those out, to try to determine what liability if any is there, first of all for doctors referring patients abroad. That's one aspect of liability, doctors are concerned with. The other is should I treat a patient that's been had a surgery abroad and then be implicated if there is a complication. It's a reasonable concern, however most of the time, with most of these procedures, you are having doctors that are dealing with patients, they might be dealing with a infection. A doctor in the US is not going to be held responsible for infection that results from a procedure. So I think that is a little bit of hype to be concerned about that, the aftercare and so, what you are seeing in consideration of that, what you are seeing from some of these international providers, is that they are actually forming a affiliations with doctors here in the US to handle the aftercare, in the case where you have doctors that say, "Oh, I am not going to treat you." You have the option to go to one of these affiliated doctors, and they are willing to do that, because they are not afraid of it. And ultimately, you know physicians take a medical oath for the care of their patients. They shouldn't be living in fear, of litigation and allow that to outweigh the needs of the patients to get well. Why is Medical Tourism such a taboo phrase in the Medical Community? Basically, the people in the medical field consider the tourism aspect of it to be secondary, or not a part of the treatment at all. So basically, when you talk about medical tourism, you know people have this idea that you are going to do some whitewater rafting in Costa Rica, and then you are going to have a heart bypass, obviously that's not the situation. Doctors don't want to be affiliated with tourism. That is primarily the big concern there. However, the situation is this, and the reason that we named our association, the Medical Tourism Association is if you Google medical travel or health travel or health outsourcing, you are not going to find nearly as much information as you will if you search medical tourism. It's sort of a cliché phrase that was created by the media and unfortunately that's how you are going to get the most information. There is some element of tourism for patients. I mean it may be not for the patient but the family of the patient. I know when I traveled, even if it's unless it's a life saving procedure, if I am going to a foreign country to me, as I am touring that country, I am getting in a meeting with people from different cultures, I am seeing a different country. You know you are having a tourist experience to some degree, no matter what. And then based on the procedures you are having, if you not g

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