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World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists 2018

The Top 10 list, rankings, and hospital profiles can be found at https://worldsbesthospitals.net

A German hospital is again the MTQUA world’s top hospital for medical tourists.

Asklepios Hospital in Hamburg is the world’s top hospital for medical tourists for 2018 according to medical tourism industry leader Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA).

Seven of the Top 10 hospitals are in Asia or the Middle East, and specialize in cardiac surgery, cancer treatment, hip or knee replacement, and treatment for gynecological and other major illnesses. Clemenceau Medical Center, Beirut, Specialty Hospital, Amman, and Anadolu Medical Center, Istanbul, are ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th on the Top 10. The highest ranked Asian hospital, in 5th place, is Samitivej Hospital, Bangkok.

Why Choose the World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists?

“Asklepios Klinik Barmbek is a superb hospital, recognized in Germany and around the world for its excellence in medical treatment, and today it’s again recognized by MTQUA for the outstanding care services and support it gives to international patients and medical travelers,” said Julie Munro, president of MTQUA, in making the announcement at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel trade fair.

Seven of the Top 10 hospitals are in Asia or the Middle East, since most medical travelers come from African, C.I.S. and Asian countries and travel to hospitals in Asia and the Middle East for heart surgery, cancer treatment, hip or knee replacement, and treatment for gynecological and other major illnesses. Clemenceau Medical Center, Beirut, Specialty Hospital, Amman, and Anadolu Medical Center, Istanbul, are ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th on the Top 10.

The highest ranked Asian hospital, in 5th place, is Samitivej Hospital, Bangkok. Carolina Medical Center, a specialty sports and orthopedic hospital in Warsaw, is the only new hospital to make the Top 10 list, at number 10, and is the only other European hospital. The full list and hospital profiles are found at https://WorldsBestHospitals.net

Medical tourists are not ordinary patients.

Patients who travel to another country for medical treatment cannot be treated as ordinary patients. They need more and different services and support, for example, in communicating with doctors, nurses and care support workers. They can get a wrong diagnosis, wrong treatment for their disease, inappropriate medication, and a hospital or doctor bill that is much higher than for a local patient with the same treatment.

The hospitals and clinics on the World’s Best Hospitals list give medical tourists the best results for the best price and with the best support and care. Then, when they return home after treatment, they can go about their daily lives without worry that they might have a complication or an infection, discover a breach of confidential medical information, or get an unexpected charge for services on their credit card.

More hospitals compete for international patients

“Each year, this Top 10 list shows how the medical tourism industry is changing,” said Ms. Munro. “More hospitals in more countries are competing for international patients. This kind of competition benefits the medical traveler by bringing a focus on international standards and better quality.”

MTQUA reviews hospitals in Asia, Middle East, Europe and the Americas for excellence in treating and caring for medical tourists from around the world. Medical tourists come from all countries and travel around the world to get the best medical attention they can afford. Some may want to get treatment in a 5-star environment from 5-star doctors; others may care less about the environment but want 5-star treatment and 5-star care appropriate to their needs.

The MTQUA team conducts site visits and selects hospitals based on the quality of medical treatment and on ten non-clinical factors including quality of care, communications, marketing, value for money, cultural and social sensitivity, privacy, safety, and leadership support of medical tourism.

Medical Travel Quality Alliance, an independent international organization founded in 2009 in the U.S. to promote the special safety and quality needs in treatment and care of medical tourists, publishes the Top 10 World’s Best Hospitals For Medical Tourists™ ) and Best Practices in Medical Tourism. Medical tourism certification from MTQUA is the only global certification program for hospitals, clinics, agencies, and related services and providers.

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World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists

The Top 10 list, rankings, and hospital profiles can be found at https://worldsbesthospitals.net

A German hospital is the MTQUA world’s top hospital for medical tourists for 2017.

Germany’s Asklepios Klinik Barmbek tops the MTQUA Top 10 list of the World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists™ followed by Clemenceau Medical Center in Beirut and Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta in Bangalore.

Why Choose the World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists?

“Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, our Number One choice, is outstanding as a hospital for medical tourists,” said Julie Munro, president of MTQUA. “It’s developed great partnerships with a few outside agencies and that teamwork is of enormous benefit to medical travelers.”

Hamburg’s Asklepios Klinik Barmbek has a dedicated and professional team that works with care managers and coordinators from independent medical travel facilitator agencies. These selected agencies work closely with the hospital to ensure proper planning and preparation, in-patient support, and follow up care for every medical traveler, according to MTQUA.

Asklepios management fully supports the international patient team. Throughout the evaluation process, hospital staff have been responsive to addressing patient rights concerns and taking responsibility for achieving the best outcomes for each medical traveler.

“The medical tourism industry is changing, and medical tourists finally have excellent choices for treatment and care,” said Ms. Munro in making the announcement at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel trade fair. “Hospitals have to raise their standards and pay attention to the special needs of medical travelers, or they’ll lose business to the ones that do.”

The 2017 Top 10 list of the World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists™ for the first time ranks two hospitals in the Middle East, Clemenceau Medical Center in Beirut, and the Specialty Hospital in Amman. Specialty Hospital makes the Top 10 list for the first time, as does Thailand’s Samitivej Hospital. Hospitals in Turkey, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and Mexico complete the list.

The Top 10 list, rankings, and hospital profiles can be found at https://worldsbesthospitals.net

MTQUA reviews hospitals in Asia, Middle East, Europe and the Americas for excellence in treating and caring for medical tourists from around the world. Medical tourists come from all countries and travel around the world to get the best medical attention they can afford. Some may want to get treatment in a 5-star environment from 5-star doctors; others may care less about the environment but want 5-star treatment and 5-star care appropriate to their needs.

The MTQUA team conducts site visits and selects hospitals based on the quality of medical treatment and on several non-clinical factors including quality of care, communications, marketing, value for money, cultural and social sensitivity, privacy, safety, and leadership support of medical tourism.

See the press release.

7 trends to watch in medical tourism in 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7 trends to watch in medical tourism in 2016 – a baby boom, hot new destinations, and ethics – from industry leader Medical Travel Quality Alliance.

March 2, 2016 – Bangkok and Scottsdale – A global baby boom in 2016 is one of seven trends and issues that will affect the medical tourism industry this year, according to industry leader Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA, https://mtqua.org)

“This will be a very interesting year. Prepare for a baby boom in medical tourism and plenty of debate around the kind of treatment medical travelers get in hospitals, and by doctors and agents,” says Medical Travel Quality Alliance president Julie Munro.

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Americans will be looking for baby surrogates in countries from Cambodia to Ukraine; Chinese will be looking to America for surrogates and as a place to give birth; and everyone from Australians to Zambians will be asking for gender selection along with advanced and leading edge fertility treatments.

Some agencies and clinics, especially in Bangkok and California, are already preparing to handle up to 300 patients a month.

Chinese baby boom“Established agents are going bankrupt, there’s talk of corruption and questionable practices. I expect to see hot debates over ethics and medical traveler rights, especially considering the recent treatment of medical tourists by the Dominican Republic,” says Munro.

MTQUA, a key industry player, providing medical travel certification and standards, medical travel advisories, best practices, and medical traveler bill of rights, identifies these seven key trends and issues for the medical tourism industry for 2016.

1. A medical tourism baby boom.

Traditional fertility treatments, commercial surrogacy contracts, and “birthright” tourism will all see greater numbers mainly because Chinese couples now can have more than one child per family. Many Chinese, Brits, Americans and Australians will also be exploring gene editing, three-person embryo procedures, and other emerging ethically-borderline processes.

2. Demand for guarantees by patients and doctors.

Bankruptcies, rumors of FBI investigations, charges of patient trafficking make medical travelers more careful in choosing facilitators and providers.

3. Growing questions about the quality of results.

The first medical travel advisory on the medical tourism industry, from MTQUA, made many people ask if enough is being done to protect medical tourists from higher risk to their safety and lower quality of care and outcomes.

4. Medical travel specialization in degree and diploma programs at universities and colleges.

Gulf Medical University in Ajman, UAE is among the first to offer formal courses in aspects of medical tourism.

5. The next “hot” medical travel destinations.

As Cuba opens up to American tourists, medical tourism promoters and bloggers are already claiming it is a great treatment choice for medical travelers. Not so fast, say the Cayman Islands and Iran.

6. Slowing of outbound government-sponsored medical travel.

Governments sponsoring outbound medical tourists, such as Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Nigeria are cutting back medical travel budgets, searching for cheaper alternative destinations and demanding better clinical outcomes.

7. Certification and accreditation confusion.

Certification and accreditation programs generally suggest that industry leaders have arrived at a consensus for standards and best practices. In medical tourism, this is not the case so far, though progress continues to be made.

The detailed trends report may be found here.

Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA, https://mtqua.org/), founded in 2009, is an independent international organization that develops and promotes the highest standards of excellence in delivering treatment and care to medical travelers and health tourists. It certifies hospitals, clinics and medical travel service providers worldwide for safety and quality in support of treatment, care and services for medical tourists, and issues an annual list of the Top 10 World’s Best Hospitals for Medical TouristsTM.

CONTACT:
Caroline Bodanis
Email caroline@mtqua.org
Telephone (USA) +1 602-635-4664, (Thailand) +66 85 902 4500