Liability, quality, standardized reporting metrics and continuity of care are the four core issues that will be used to develop medical tourism guidelines when the International Medical Travel Association convenes a Healthcare Travel Exhibition & Congress in Singapore, June 28-30.
The international associationwhose membership includes some 40 travel companies, hospitals, and healthcare systems and providersis a Singapore-based not-for-profit association, and the June meeting will provide an opportunity to take meaningful steps in the development of best practices that bring credibility to this growing industry, a news release said.
The American Medical Association adopted a set of nine principles last June aimed at ensuring the safety of patients seeking care outside the U.S.
The international association responded with a news release applauding the AMA for constructively addressing issues, but warned against medical protectionism and potential legislation limiting patient access to foreign sources of less-expensive medical care. The AMA said it supports pluralism and the right of patients to decide where they receive treatment.