Cancer treatment is often long, expensive, and in many cases, uncertain.  It is understandable that people who have cancer want to get the best treatment available.  Some people, driven by local prices for treatment they cannot afford, seek treatment in other countries.  Medical tourism is the phenomenon of people traveling to other countries for affordable treatment.  However, price is obviously not the only consideration these patients have:  They are seeking indications of quality care.

Given all of this, it is not surprising that in Latin America, the few oncology hospitals and clinics that have obtained accreditation are receiving most of the international patients.  Those who don’t invest in accreditation receive fewer patients.  Accreditation makes a significant difference for cancer patients because it is a form of quality assurance.

Accreditation gives international patients the guarantee that procedural errors will be virtually eliminated, increasing the chances of their survival.  This is because accreditation is a process that health providers undertake in order to educate themselves about the best practices and procedures, and then to integrate those best practices at every level of their organization.  The facility is then reviewed and evaluated by a qualified, objective third party.

Even patients from the US, Canada, and Europe that are not familiar with the steps involved in accreditation, recognize its value and consider accreditation important.  This is especially true for oncology clinics that have received their accreditation from organizations that have both an international reputation and a strong local presence.  A good example of an accreditation organization that fulfills both of these conditions is Acreditas Global.  On one hand, it’s a subsidiary of the US-based AAAHC, which Americans and other patients from developed countries will recognize and value.  On the other hand, it offers patients the confidence of knowing that their cancer center has met international standards for quality care.  Acreditas Global offers offices in Latin America, ensuring that there are no cultural or communication barriers to obtaining accreditation.

In the end, accreditation is just the formalization of the main reason why most doctors study oncology in the first place: a process designed to provide their patients the best care possible and the highest chance of survival.

For more information about accreditation or to receive information from an accredited cancer facility, please fill out the Help me Find a Doctor form.  A qualified specialist will reply to your request.