WEBTREATS: Medical Tourism

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.  Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites.  This list is not meant to be comprehensive;  the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.  
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
This is the link for Committee Opinion 466, Ethical Considerations for Performing Gynecologic Surgery in Low-Resource Settings Abroad, September 2010.
American College of Surgeons (ACS) 

Medical and Surgical Tourism: The New World of Health Care Globalization and What It Means for the Practicing Surgeon
This ACS document was originally published in Bull Am Coll Surg 2009;94(4):18.

Statement on Medical and Surgical Tourism

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)  Cosmetic Surgery Tourism Briefing Paper
This ASPS paper provides consumer information on the risks of cosmetic surgery tourism and how to evaluate them.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  Travelers’ Health: Yellow Book – The Pre-Travel Consultation Counseling and Advice for Travelers, Medical Tourism.
This section from the CDC Traveler's Health: Yellow Book addresses travel outside of the United States for patients seeking health care and for providers of health care.

European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE)  ESHRE Task Force on Ethics and Law
Select Cross-border reproductive care to open the ESHRE recommendations which focus on measures to reduce the need for patients to travel abroad for reproductive healthcare and to guarantee the safety and quality of treatment when it is provided.

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
IDSA guidelines on travel medicine were published in this article: Hill DR et al. The practice of travel medicine: Guidelines by the Infectious Disease Society of America.  Clin Infect Dis 2006;43:1499.

Joint Commission International (JCI)
As the International division of Joint Commission Resources, Joint Commission International (JCI) has been working with health care organizations, ministries of health, and global organizations in over 80 countries since 1994 to improve the safety of patient care through the provision of accreditation and certification services.  Select Find an Accredited Organization, under Accreditation and Certification Process, to find a list of JCI accredited health facilities.

National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)
The NCPA 2008 report, Medical Tourism: Health Care Free Trade, is on this specific NCPA  webpage.   The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983, develops and promotes private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.  NCPA topics include reforms in health care, taxes, Social Security, welfare, criminal justice, education and environmental regulation.   Search the NCPA site 
for additional NCPA reports.

WHO Patient Safety 
The World Health Organization (WHO) launched The World Alliance for Patient Safety in 2004 to raise awareness and political commitment to improve the safety of care and facilitate the development of patient safety policy and practice in all WHO Member States.

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