Two concerns that people have when considering medical travel/tourism is quality and safety.
Always look for duly licensed and/or board certified physicians, and nationally and/or internationally accredited institutions.
Medical licensure sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty specific.
Board certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or
subspecialty of medical practice.
There are many different accrediting agencies, some of them national, some of them regional, some of them international.
Below is a list of accrediting organizations and a brief description. We also furnish a link to the agency's web site.
When investigating medical travel/tourism providers, always pay attention to licensure and accrediting, and to the reputation and standing
of the accrediting agency.
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care--AAAHC--
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, established in 1979, develops standards to advance and promote patient safety,
quality, and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation processes, educational, and research..
Accreditation Canada, established in 1958, is an organization that assesses the quality of health organizations based
on standards of excellence.
Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide--AABB--
This organization is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation, and educational programs.
American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities--AAAASF--
American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, established in 1980, oversees an accreditation program which seeks to
standardize and improve the quality of medical and surgical care in ambulatory surgery facilities while assuring the public of high standards
for patient care and safety.
American Medical Association--AC--
The American Medical Association is a 160-year-old organization of healthcare professionals that promotes scientific
advancement and improved public health.
Accreditation Commission for Health Care--ACHC--
The Accreditation Commission for Health Care, organized in 1985 in Raleigh, NC. It is a national health care accrediting
organization founded by home care providers. It focuses on small providers.
The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International--ACHSI--
The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International is an offshoot of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. They are
an international accrediting agency offering a variety of programs and services.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality--AHRQ--
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is technically not an accreditation agency; rather it's a government agency whose mission is to improve
the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare in America. It is an oft-cited resource for those who want to more actively manage their own healthcare.
The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia--APHM--
The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia is an Association representing private hospitals and medical centers in Malaysia.
The Association has been in existence since 1972 and currently has over 100 members throughout Malaysia.
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities--CARF--
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, established in 1966, is an organization which provides accreditation services
worldwide at the request of health and human service providers.
The Commonwealth Fund--CMWF--
Not officially an accreditation agency, the Commonwealth Fund promotes a health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable.
Community Health Accreditation Program--CHAP--
The Community Health Accreditation Program, established in 1965, is a Washington, DC-based accrediting body for community-based
health care organizations.
DNV Healthcare is an organization which offers a hospital accreditation program approved by the US Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid.
European Society for Quality in Healthcare--ESQH--
The European Society for Quality in Healthcare is a 21-member organization dedicated to the improvement of quality in
Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation--HQAA--
The Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation provides accreditation services in home medical equipment locations,
nursing homes, doctors' offices, and pharmacies.
International Organization for Standardization--ISO--
The International Organization for Standardization is a well-known organization which develops and formulates international standards.
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery--ISAPS--
The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is an organization tasked with disseminating accurate information and
promoting safe plastic surgery.
The International Society for Quality in Health Care--ISQUA--
The International Society for Quality in Health Care is a European-based international accrediting organization which focuses on the quality
and safety of healthcare worldwide through education, research, and the dissemination of knowledge.
Joint Commission International--JCI--
The Joint Commission International, established in 1994, is an international organization which focuses on improving
the safety of patient care through accreditation, certification, and educational services.
Malaysian Society for Quality in Health--MSQH--
The Malaysian Society for Quality in Health, established in 1997, is dedicated to improving the nation's health care
through voluntary accreditation.
Medical Travel Quality Alliance--MTQUA--
The Medical Travel Quality Alliance, established in 2009, is dedicated to advancing patient safety and medical excellence for medical travellers.
National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers--NABH--
The National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers is an Indian-based board set up to establish and operate
accreditation programs .
National Committee for Quality Assurance--NCQA--
The National Committee for Quality Assurance, established in 1990, is a Washington, DC-based organization
dedicated to improving health care quality.
Quality Council of India--QCI--
The Quality Council of India, established in 1997, operates a national accreditation structure.
Singapore Accreditation Council--SAC--
The Singapore Accreditation Council, established in 1996, is a Singapore's accreditation and assessment body.
Temos is a German-based healthcare quality assessment system, which promotes neutral, professional, international assessment
Trent Accreditation Scheme--TRENT--
Trent Accreditation Scheme, established in 1993, is a hospital accreditation scheme based with the UK National Health Services
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