What If American Medical Care Ran Air Travel

The American medical care system is often called one of the best in the world.  In some ways, it is a fair observation.  We have greater access to state of the art medical technology than almost any other nation.  Our doctors are skilled and well-trained.  Most communities have access to a hospital.  Major diseases and injuries are […]

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Are Americans Afraid of Traveling for Medical Care?

A medical tourism facilitator recently asked, “Are Americans afraid of medical tourism?”  Unfortunately, the term “medical tourism” is a vexing part of the problem, as are companies who promote luxury travel over the quality of medical care.  Soter Healthcare believes the quality of care and its outcome is much more important. According to Wikipedia, “medical tourism” was […]

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Clearing up the International Accreditation Noise

There is a lot of noise about accreditation in media and marketing surrounding international medical travel.  With few clear voices, sorting the message from the madness is challenging. Accreditation, whether regulatory or voluntary, is simply a floor above which a hospital must work.  That there are no “good, better, best” connotations implied or expressed in […]

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International Medical Accreditation Unwound

We often see the comment “We only use JCI accredited hospitals” on the websites of and marketing brochures of medical tourism facilitators. I always enjoy reading that statement, knowing that the company either doesn’t understand accreditation or doesn’t really believe the comment. Accreditation, put simply, is a means by which the medical community evaluates administration, operations, […]

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American Medical Association Guidelines on Medical Tourism & Destination Medical Care

American Medical Association Guidelines on Medical Tourism & Destination Medical Care

The American Medical Association advocates that employers, insurance companies, and other entities that arrange medical care outside the U.S. adhere to the principles below.  As a leader in destination medical care, here’s our take on the American Medical Association’s guidelines. Medical care outside of the U.S. must be voluntary.  Soter position:  We agree.  Soter Healthcare will not […]

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