It has always been your dream to travel abroad, or to move to a foreign country upon retirement, or maybe your job requires international travel. Imagine while travelling overseas, you or your companion(s) suddenly became ill and rushed to a hospital; would you be cognizant of the hospital’s overall rating in healthcare delivery? There is a list of top overseas hospitals for private patients. Forbes asked HTH, a Worldwide United States based specialist in overseas healthcare coverage, to provide a list of top-ranked hospitals in popular retirement and travel destinations. The list of hospitals provided are facilities of choice for patients medically evacuated from countries with substandard healthcare. The list was essential after an incident involving an American tourist who suddenly experienced severe abdominal pain, and after being examined in a rural clinic outside HO Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He was diagnosed with perforated ulcer, a potentially life-threatening condition. The tourist’s medical insurer, HTH, coordinated a prompt medical evacuation to Bangkok. Fortunately, this tourist was operated on in Thailand, and later shipped home to Washington, DC. A total of $86,000.00 was filed to his insurance.
Based on HTH’s global network study, Forbes listed “The Globe’s Best Hospitals.” The top five hospitals are:
1.Bumrungrad Medical Center- Bangkok, Thailand. “The first Asian hospital to receive international accreditation” . The accreditation was awarded in 1999 by JCI, (JCI stands for Joint Commission International) an organization that reviews and accredits hospitals based on over three hundred standards; such as, surgical procedures, quality care measured by outcome data, patient satisfaction survey, patient safety, and staff credentialing including medical and nursing staff. JCI re-reviews three year intervals.” Bumrungrad was first accredited in 2002, re-credited in 2005 and 2008″ .” It is the largest private hospital in Southeast Asia, with 554 beds and over 30 specialty centers” . 2009, received recertification for treating strokes and heart attack, “certifying that the hospital’s programs meet international standards and follow the latest United States clinical guidelines.”
2. Parkway Health Care-Singapore. Services extend throughout Asia operating sixteen (16) hospitals and over 3,400 beds including countries such as Brunel, India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, The Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab, Emirates, and Vietnam; moreover, it has established medical referral centers throughout the globe, “Over 1200 accredited specialists covering over 40 areas of specialty.”
3. Matilda International Hospital- Hong Kong. This hospital is known for its beautiful architectural design and location overlooking the South China sea. Services include surgical care, maternity care, imagining center, physiotherapy, and critical care, such as, intensive care, dependency unit, special baby care, and emergency care. “Our commitment to the highest standards is supported by a comprehsive quality assurance program.”
4. Wales Hospital-Sydney, Australia. Located in Randwick in eastern suburbs of Sydney, and fifteen minutes from the heart of the city, among well-known schools, universities, and child care centers, restaurants, parklands, and beaches. 400 beds with over 3000 staff. Annually more than 30,000 patients are admitted, and 40,000 are treated in the Emergency Department. It is the state’s tertiary hospitals with full comprehensive services with one of the largest interventional cardiac services, renal transplant, HIV, Infection Diseases, Leader in Australia’s National Healthcare System .
5.Centro Me’dico ABC-Mexico City. Only private health institution in Mexico City to receive accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI). “It is the first and only private hospital to receive accreditation simultaneously for both its campuses.”
Other Tips for Tourist:
Tourist should be abreast about travel insurance. It is vital to know what services are covered verses non-covered. Also it is essential to search for various insurance plans and quotes to compare. This can be done by accessing comparison website: Squaremouth.com