Quality Standards in Medical Tourism
Quality and cost are the two sides of a coin which should never be messed up. Medical tourism is one such emerging field which carefully balances between quality and cost, as people are pulled towards medical tourism because of less cost and quality service. It is estimated that in 2010, around 6 million US people will travel abroad for medical treatment for cost effectiveness. And about 400,000 people from abroad are seeking treatment in US, as the deciding factor is not always cost, quality is given utmost importance.
The decision of seeking treatment overseas is challenging and the patient need to consider it seriously before starting the arrangements. Although the development in health care sector is immense it is very important that safety and quality is given the top priority. Providing quality and safety treatment is a challenge to every organization inspite of medical breakthrough and expanding knowledge in the field of medical. The treatment procedures, quality and safety procedures varies in different health care center and in different countries, therefore, for the patient to be sure about the quality and standards it is very important to analyze the accreditation status of the hospital. The accreditation standards developed by different accreditating agencies cover all the aspects for providing better quality and safe treatment to the patients.