People relocate abroad for a number of reasons; to further their
careers, travel the world or as part of a company move. Expatriate travel
insurance and expat medical insurance is key when doing so. You cannot predict
when you will fall ill, how serious it will be and what treatment you may
Quality of facilities and medication are key and not all
hospitals and clinics over the globe are eager to take international patients.
The Medical Travel Quality Alliance have put together a list of the top 10
hospitals for medical tourists in 2013. The selection of the list is based on the
quality of medical treatment, high-tech equipment, privacy, communication,
ethics, security and facilities. It is no surprise therefore, that many on the
list have international accreditation.
- Prince Court Medical Centre – Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia. It is renowned for its vast surgery options
and international patient care is covered by senior management. Tourist
requirements are met to the standard that they are used to.
- Asklepios Klinik Barmbek – Hamburg, Germany. This hospital is known for its innovation. It
provides increased efforts in meeting the requirements of medical travellers
and facilitates treatments that may not be offered back at home. New and modern
medical equipment is tested there before it is released over the world.
- Clemenceau Medical Centre – Beirut, Lebanon. It is considered to be one of the leading
hospitals in the Middle East and has a real focus on international patient
problems. It recently adopted a new scheme entitled ‘Six International Patient
Safety Goals.’ It doubles up on patient security with protected passwords for
limited access to patient records. It continues to conduct research on ethical
problems in care.
- Fortis Hospital – Bangalore, India. This hospital works closely with medical
travel agencies based in the US and provides a range of surgery options for
expats. Follow-up care is considered to be a very important factor.
- Wooridul Spine Hospital – Seoul, Korea. It is the leading hospital in spinal treatment and is
highly revered all over the world. It has key links with hospitals in Europe
and Asia but is on the other hand, a specialist hospitals.
- Bumrungrad International – Bangkok, Thailand. This hospital has been providing excellent
care and treatment for international patients for over 20 years. Over this
period of time, it has carefully gathered lab, pharmacy and medical records. The
style of management is very western.
Anadolu Medical Centre – Istanbul, Turkey. This hospital has an international outlook
and offers a very high standard of care. Doctors are usually multilingual and
understand the importance of a support system for expats.
Bangkok Hospital Medical Centre – Bangkok,
Thailand. It is the largest private medical chain in
Thailand and offers unprecedented care over a range of issues and services. It
covers practically everything.
Gleneagles Hospital – Singapore. It is the best private care available in
Singapore and prides itself on its high standard of care. The Parkway chain
owns and operates hospitals throughout Asia.