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Medtral New Zealand Internationally Accredited Hospitals

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - 22:00

(Medtral: Auckland, New Zealand) -- With a growing number of international medical travelers concerned about hospital accreditation, Medtral New Zealand, a health care organization based in New Zealand that coordinates medical travel packages from North America, addresses some of the pressing questions regarding accreditation standards.

Joint Commission International (JCI), international subsidiary of the Joint Accreditation Commission for HealthCare Organizations (JACHO), is currently leading the global accreditation standards of medical tourism. However, the International Society of Quality Healthcare (ISQua), commonly overlooked, is the umbrella organization that accredits each individual accreditation organization, including the JCI.

“While JCI is an accreditation organization that fulfills ISQua requirements and hence is a member, so indeed are a number of other health care accreditation agencies including Quality Health New Zealand, Health Care Accreditation UK, Australian Council on Health Care Standards, Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, and five other country’s accreditation agencies,” states Edward Watson, M.D., chairman and founder of Medtral New Zealand. “It therefore makes little sense for health care funders and patients alike to consider only international hospitals that are JCI-accredited as distinct to hospitals accredited by other members of ISQua.”

All of the hospitals used by Medtral New Zealand go through independent accreditation by Quality Health New Zealand (QHNZ), which is accredited by the international umbrella organization ISQua. The hospitals used by Medtral New Zealand are staffed by experienced doctors and nurses, most with medical training in the United States or United Kingdom as well as New Zealand.

“It is not a sensible option for an ISQua accredited country hospital to be jointly accredited by JCI,” points out Dr. Watson. “In effect, this additional accreditation duplicates the hospital’s current accreditation processes. While there is no resulting increase in quality outcomes for the patient, there are considerable increases in the time and money expended by the hospital to achieve the accreditation. This is simply wasteful.”

Medtral New Zealand offers high quality affordable health care through all-inclusive medical travel packages, coordinating travel, accommodation, hospital procedures, and post-operative care at top-notch medical facilities with the latest technology. Adhering to QHNZ and ISQua accreditation standards, Medtral New Zealand’s network of hospitals provide a wide range of services for North American patients.

Medtral can be found on the web at www.medtral.com.

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