The American College of Surgeons has issued a position statement on medical and surgical tourism that advises U.S. patients seeking care abroad to select healthcare institutions that meet accreditation standards established by recognized organizations and to choose surgeons and anesthesiologists who are certified in their respective specialties by organizations equivalent to the American Board of Medical Specialties.
In a news release, ACS officials said that they issued the statement in recognition of the growing global healthcare market and the fact that some patients are choosing to pursue medical care abroad for a variety of reasons. It is important that individuals considering healthcare services outside the U.S. become informed of the potential risks and complications as well as the medical, social, cultural and legal implication of receiving such care, said James Unti, a medical associate with the ACS Nora Institute for Surgical Patient Safety.
In addition to urging patients to take specific precautions when traveling for care, the ACS position statement also provides advice on obtaining medical records prior to travel and encourages insurers to reimburse U.S.-based providers for any follow-up care resulting from treatment received abroad.Submit a letter to the Modern Physician Reader Blog. Please include your name, title, company and hometown. Modern Physician reserves the right to edit all submissions.