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JCI (Joint Commission International) – what does it tell about a Medical Tourism Hospital?

Joint Commission international (JCI) is a not-for-profit corporation based in the USA whose mission is to improve the quality and safety of overseas health care services(international hospitals, clinics and surgery centers). JCI is a division of Joint Commission Resources (JCR), the subsidiary of the Joint Commission which is the largest accreditor of health care organizations in the USA.

JCI surveyors visit accredited health care organizations to evaluate standards compliance. Starting in 2006, all regular Joint Commission accreditation surveys are unannounced.

The surveyors are highly trained certified experts who are doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, laboratory medical technologists, and other health care professionals.

The surveyors select random patients and use their medical records, patient personal experience, and medical staff interviews to evaluate standards compliance.

The JCI standards do not address billing, insurance payment, or labor relations. The accreditation process is designed to accommodate specific legal, religious and cultural factors within a country.

JCI management & consultants consists of health care experts & leaders in management, nursing, medicine, environment of care, quality improvement and measurement, strategic planning, competency assessment, peer review and information management.

Having a JCI accreditation, an organization demonstrates high quality of patient care & also a desire for continuous improvement.

At Medical Tourism Corporation one of the things that we consider when adding a network hospital is if they are JCI accredited. Although JCI or any standard for that matter for a hospital cannot guarantee a perfect medical result, but it ensures that we are dealing with high quality medical institution.

Hospital Clinica Biblica in Costa Rica is one such hospital.

For more information visit the Joint Commission website at JC International.


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