Nigerian Medical Tourism

According to report almost 50 percent of Nigerians who come to India are Medical Tourist.They together spent almost $260million in total for a treatment here in year 2012 in India.It can increase further with more and more JCI and NABH Hospitals.

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Joint Commission International

Joint Commission International (JCI) is one of the world’s leading nonprofit patient safety organizations. JCI seeks a world where every patient receives the highest quality of care possible.

The most visible way we pursue this goal is through accreditation program. To that end, JCI regularly publishes a demanding set of standards that represent the most current thinking in patient safety and quality improvement. Health care organizations that are capable of meeting these standards must undergo a comprehensive and rigorous on-site survey conducted by JCI in order to achieve accreditation. Once accredited, organizations must continue to meet our standards and are regularly assessed through periodic re-survey. JCI is completely independent from the organizations they accredit.

JCI also works to improve the quality of care within all hospitals, not just those that are capable of meeting our accreditation standards. JCI’s global experts regularly assist hospitals, municipal governments, and ministries of health as they pursue their own quality goals and patient care outcomes.

History

Founded in 1994 by The Joint Commission, JCI works with health care organizations from more than 100 countries. Today, JCI fields a well-trained team of international accreditation surveyors and consultants who work in five continents.

Mission

The mission of JCI is to continuously improve the safety and quality of care in the international community through education, advisory services, and international accreditation and certification.

Medical Tourism Portal Launched by Indian Government

Government of India launched the Healthcare Tourism portal last year to grow the medical tourism.Its main aim is to help the foreign tourist to select the hospitals in India.Several hospitals details can be found here such as best hospital for orthopedic treatment,cardiac treatment,eye treatment etc.
Here is the link
http://www.indiahealthcaretourism.com/

Medical Tourism as an Industry

Over 50 countries have identified medical tourism as a national industry.More and more hospitals are being built keeping JCI in mind.Medical tourist before landing up in any country do proper research about hospital standards.Thailand is the number one country with 18 JCI accreditated hospitals followed by Singapore and India
There is direct support of government in many countries.Big JCI Hospitals have started setting up International Marketing Department to cater to the needs of the people.Right from the query received by them,airport pick up to the staying arrangement.Its not hospital alone that matters when it comes to medical tourism.Supporting infrastructure such as hotels,airport,foods,culture etc plays very important role.So even if your country boast of lot of JCI hospitals unless and until the supporting infrastructure is not good,the business will be affected.My personal experience with one JCI hospital in India is not good.The service they offered to the medical tourist was not good at all.Not a single thing was delivered on time.The patient went back being frustrated.You have to talk to the patient who already visited this hospital from your country so as to avoid such hospitals.I will keep updating here about the Medical Tourist experience throughout the globe.