* Costs of surgeries around the world. Costs given in US$ ** The price comparisons for surgery take into account hospital and doctor charges, but do not include the costs of flights and hotel bills for the expected length of stay. Source: Authors, March 2011, compiled from medical tourism providers and brokers online.
As you know, the mission of JCI is to improve the quality and safety of health care around the globe. We meet this mission in three ways: Individual organization accreditation Country-level efforts to assist Ministries of Health and Governmental Agencies to strengthen the role of quality oversight at the country level International level as a consensus builder and vehicle for sharing new knowledge on quality and safety in health care JCI includes international members on its Board and has representatives from Asia, Middle East and Europe.
This is a traditional definition of accreditation Voluntary – although come countries it is mandatory. Includes recognition given to health care organizations who meet the standards. Public recognition via certification/announcement, financial or requirement that one is accredited. In order to do something else, have a nursing or medical school, insurance discount. Philosophy commonly includes improvement – continuous improvement over time – not a one time effort. Not any one “right” definition. Accreditation must be relevant to unique characteristics of each county’s heath care system, financial reimbursement/payment scheme, culture, level of care provided.
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