CUED Publications database

An Approach to Establishing International Quality Standards for Medical Travel.

Kácha, O and Kovács, BE and McCarthy, C and Schuurmans, AAT and Dobyns, C and Haller, E and Hinrichs, S and Ruggeri, K (2016) An Approach to Establishing International Quality Standards for Medical Travel. Front Public Health, 4. 29-. ISSN 2296-2565

Full text not available from this repository.


The number of individuals traveling abroad is increasing annually. The rising popularity of medical travel and the absence of clear minimum quality requirements in this area urgently call for the development of international standards to ensure good practice and patient safety. The aim of this study is to identify the key domains in medical travel where quality standards should be established. Drawing from the evidence-based OECD framework and an extensive literature review, this study proposes three critical areas for consideration: minimum standards of health-care facilities and third-party agencies, financial responsibility, and patient centeredness. Several cultural challenges have been introduced that may pose a barrier to development of the guidelines and should be taken into consideration. Establishing international quality standards in medical travel enhances benefits to patients and providers, which is an urgent necessity given the rapid growth in this industry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: health care international quality standards medical insurance medical travel patient centeredness public policy
Divisions: Div C > Engineering Design
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2018 02:15