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Quality and Accreditation In the context of healthcare, accreditation is a voluntary process by which hospitals and clinics meet standards established by an external accrediting body such as the Joint Commission International (JCI), The Health Care Accreditation Council, Trent Accreditation Scheme, Accreditation Canada, or another agency that is recognized by the International Society for Quality in Health Care Inc. (ISQua). According to ISQua: “accreditation is a formal process to ensure delivery of safe, high quality health care based on standards and processes devised and developed by health care professionals for health care services. It is also a public recognition of achievement by a healthcare organization of requirements of national healthcare standards”.

What hospital accreditations do I look for?

Although the Joint Commission International is by far the most recognizable accrediting organization, there are currently a number of other country specific organizations that are also ISQua members, including:

  • The Health Care Accreditation Council (Jordan)
  • The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards
  • Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation
  • Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited
  • Irish Health Services Accreditation Board now HIQA
  • Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa
  • Taiwan Joint Commission on Healthcare Accreditation
  • Quality Improvement Council, Australia
  • CHKS Healthcare Accreditation Quality Unit, UK
  • Joint Commission International, USA

Does it really matter if the hospital I choose is accredited?

Would you knowingly consult with an unlicensed surgeon? Probably not.

The purpose of “accreditation” or licensing is to offer interested parties a process of external quality evaluation against consensus healthcare standards. In other words, medical tourism patients are ensured of standardized healthcare practices, regardless of whether a facility is located in Jordan, Costa Rica or the United States. In referring to its own accreditation process the JCI website says: “The accreditation process focuses on the functions and processes that support quality, safe care, and thus facilitates the use of the best science and professional knowledge and skills… Standardization through accreditation is a powerful risk reduction strategy proven effective around the world”.

How can I be certain a particular hospital is accredited?

Most hospitals will usually display accreditation information prominently on their websites. In the case of Joint Commission International accreditation, you can check to see if a hospital is accredited at Most hospitals will usually display accreditation information prominently on their websites. In the case of Joint Commission International accreditation, you can check to see if a hospital is accredited at http://www.jointcommissioninternational.org

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