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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.

Malaysia hospital tops 2013 World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists™

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Malaysia hospital tops list of 2013 World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists ™

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May 8, 2013 – Bangkok and Scottsdale – For the first time, a Malaysian hospital is named the top hospital for medical tourists in the annual ranking by the Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA, https://mtqua.org).

After reviewing top hospitals around the world, Prince Court Medical Center (http://www.princecourt.com) in Kuala Lumpur was selected as the hospital that best provides medical tourists with outstanding care beyond standard clinical protocols as well as excellent medical treatment.

“Prince Court is already known as an outstanding medical facility,” says Julie Munro, MTQUA president. “This award recognizes that it also pays the utmost attention to key non-clinical aspects of care that influence good outcomes and a successful medical travel journey for medical tourists.”

MTQUA believes medical tourists are not ordinary patients, and require care beyond standard clinical protocols. Communication, cultural expectations, social practices, ethics, and post-discharge care coordination are some of the factors that affect good care for traveling international patients.

“It’s almost impossible for medical tourists to know how to find a good hospital that will truly provide the treatment and care they are traveling to get. We hope consumers and doctors will pay more attention to non-clinical factors that can significantly impact clinical outcomes and not just ask about hotels and airport pickups,” says Munro.

Also for the first time, seven of the top 10 hospitals are in Asia, serving hundreds of thousands of medical tourists from the region and beyond for inpatient and outpatient medical treatment.

Thailand, often thought to be the most popular medical destination, may be losing its top standing as its underdeveloped medical tourism infrastructure and its strong baht are causing patients and facilitators to look for alternative medical destinations and creating opportunities for Thailand’s key competitors, Malaysia and Turkey.

Selection criteria are found here.

The Top 10 World’s Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists™ for 2013 are

  1. Prince Court Medical Center, Malaysia
  2. Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, Germany
  3. Clemenceau Medical Center, Lebanon
  4. Fortis Hospital Bangalore, India
  5. Wooridul Spine Hospital, Korea
  6. Bumrungrad International, Thailand
  7. Anadolu Medical Center, Turkey
  8. Bangkok Hospital Medical Center, Thailand
  9. Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore
  10. Asian Heart Institute, India

About Medical Travel Quality Alliance: MTQUA (https://mtqua.org) is an international independent organization founded in 2009 to promote safety and quality in treatment and care for medical tourists. It encourages professional development in the medical tourism industry and offers medical tourism certification, publishes Best Practices in Medical Tourism series and operates a Patient Registry for international traveling patients. Follow MTQUA on Twitter (@MTQUA), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/mtqua/) and LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2539357&trk=group-name

Contact:
Caroline Bodanis
Telephone +1 602 6354664,  +66 859024500
Email  caroline@mtqua.org

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