The dangers of Medical Tourism
A new press release from a law office in the United States - highlights the importance of what I do – and why I think it is a necessary and essential endeavor. The author, James Goldberg has also written a book about the potential dangers of medical tourism due to a lack of regulation among brokers who are just looking for the cheapest providers (for higher profit margins). As we all know – that’s not the right way to chose a surgeon (and it’s not fair to consumers who trust brokers to deliver high quality care.)
I just ordered it – so I’ll give a full ‘book report’ once it arrives.
Unfortunately, the more I continue on in my efforts to provide unbiased and object reviews, the more I become disheartened by the lack of interest on the part of the medical tourism industry itself. For the most part, these travel agencies are just that – and hold themselves to no higher ethical or moral standards that the travel agencies of old – except now we are talking about more than missed flights or less than stellar hotel rooms.
The response from the surgeons themselves has been (for the most part) enthusiastic about being reviewed, but until consumers hold the vendors of these services to a higher standard – it will never happen on any sort of global scale.
For the time being – it looks like it’s just me – and my dwindling retirement fund.
Posted on May 24, 2012, in Quality Control/ Medical Standards and tagged dangers of Planet Hospital, dangers of transplant tourism, ethical violantions and safety violations of Planet Hospital, James Goldberg, patient advocacy, patient safety, safety and medical tourism, transplant tourism. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.