Beating heart surgery in India

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.

See the press release.

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.

India offers advanced research and procedures for medical tourism

Are medical tourists flocking to India, as everyone claims? There may well be reason to do so, in some cases.

If there’s a new medical procedure, a doctor somewhere in India is likely to be doing it – and not just testing it out, but doing several procedures a day or a week.

Beating heart surgery is one such procedure pioneered in India and now used around the world. Requiring no general anesthesia or blood thinners, and causing little pain, patients recover more quickly than from more common surgeries.

Hip replacement surgery likewise put India on the map by popularizing the Birmingham hip resurfacing procedure, a less invasive alternative to total hip replacement.

Multiple sclerosis patients are flying to India for an experimental – and controversial – procedure that some claim cures this degenerative disease.

Government and private sector studies in India estimate that medical tourism could bring between $1 billion and $2 billion US into the country by 2012. The reports estimate that medical tourism to India is growing by 30 per cent a year.

Why travel to India for medical tourism

  • Language is a major comfort factor that invites so many foreign tourists to visit India. India has a large populace of good English-speaking doctors, nurse, and medical staff.
  • Indian hospitals and nursing homes excel in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, joint replacement, dental care, orthopedic surgery & etc.
  • Indian corporate hospitals have no waiting times for surgeries. Most elective procedures can be performed within 8-10 days of the first contact with an Indian hospital.
  • Corporate hospitals use the latest technology available and perform more complex procedures and treatments. Most advanced medical equipment is imported from countries like USA, UK, Germany, Japan etc.
  • Most hospitals in India have fully integrated health information-technology (HIT) systems, including electronic health records (EHRs). This helps cut medical errors and increase efficiency, and makes it very easy for medical tourists exchange medical information with doctors.
  • India has several JCI-accredited hospitals and many more are accredited by its National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) is only a few years old. Its procedures and systems are not as tested by time as the older accreditation bodies in Australia and Canada, whose accreditation boards have been actively involved in hospital standards and accreditation since the 1950s.

Medical tourists must be very careful in selecting a doctor, a hospital, and a medical tourism company in which to entrust their medical planning and treatment. For example, if having the very latest imaging equipment is critical to one’s procedure, be absolutely sure your hospital provides it.

Health care system in India

Until the 1980s government-run hospitals were the main providers of health care in India. However, over the last decade the Indian medical system has undergone a sea change with increasingly strong participation by the corporate and the private sector.

These days private and corporate hospitals, nursing homes and clinics play a major role in administration of Indian health care. Some of these private hospitals and clinics are highly advanced and provide world-class medical services. As part of the social and economic needs of the country, corporate hospitals are also obliged to care for patients who are economically disadvantaged.

As India continues to liberalize its health care industry, encouraging public-private partnerships, and otherwise easing restrictions on foreign investment, innovation and adaptation are fueling new business models in health care delivery. We can expect to see a coming of age for health care in India more quickly than expected.

India’s private health care system

India’s private health care system is booming and is expected to be worth billions of dollars in the decades to come. This growth comes on the back of a large (200 million plus) middle class with very high expectations. An increasing number of people from overseas see India as a potential destination where they can combine high quality affordable health care along with the possibility of seeing and experiencing one of the world’s oldest living cultures.

India is moving into a new area of “medical outsourcing,” where subcontractors provide services to the overburdened medical care systems in western countries.

India’s National Health Policy recently declared that treatment of foreign patients is legally an “export” and deemed “eligible for all fiscal incentives extended to export earnings.”

Education and training of doctors in India

India’s top-rated education system is not only producing computer programmers and engineers, but an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 doctors and nurses each year.

The Indian medical education system is organized and strict, which ensures that the doctors, nurses and medical staff are suitably qualified and have proper potential and experience to deliver best quality medical, treatment.

The Indian medical education system is different from that in the USA and many other countries in the fact that there are no premedical subjects taught in the first year of medical university. Instead medical students are introduced to the basic medical subjects.

This is made possible by India’s Higher Secondary School System, which covers all those pre-medical subjects and the students need to qualify for the Higher Secondary Exam before they can even appear for the qualifying entrance examination for medical colleges. The Higher Secondary School Syllabus in India is considered to be one of the toughest and most advanced in the world.

Most doctors in India often go for further education in terms of post graduation and other specialized medical courses that will increase their expertise and knowledge. Most of the doctors who work at affiliate hospitals have various levels of experience in hospitals abroad. A large number of doctors have done their specialized internships in the US, UK, Australia, Germany etc.

Doctors employed at the private hospitals are highly educated with years of experience, including specialists for every department of medical care. Most of the doctors have had a good exposure working in the west and understand patient needs.