Americans, Canadians and Europeans often travel abroad for cosmetic surgery. This is because cosmetic surgery is not covered by health insurance and they have to pay for it out of their own pockets. Most patients choose to go to Latin America, since it’s relatively close to the US, when compared to South Asian alternatives.
However, all it takes for a patient to cancel a trip is one horror story from a random website. Since most foreign patients are not familiar with the best hospitals or doctors in your country, local endorsements, reputation, or awards mean little to them. It’s international accreditation that makes the difference.
It is natural for patients to want to work with accredited healthcare facilities. Consider that no matter how much money a patient may save by choosing a healthcare provider abroad, most are unwilling to risk their health. A cosmetic surgery center that has been accredited by leading accreditation provider represents a quality guarantee. It means that this center will follow the procedures and practices that they are familiar will ensure their health and safety.
Since the majority of medical care facilities in the USA, Canada and Europe are accredited, patients have a level of understanding of what accreditation is and how it is achieved. They know that if a cosmetic surgery center doesn’t achieve and continue with best practices, it will lose its accreditation. Accreditation ensures that patients can trust that you meet their standards.
Organizations that provide accreditation in Latin America, such as Acreditas Global, a subsidiary of the USA-based AAAHC, have seen an increase in demand for their services. “Acreditas Global actually works cooperatively with cosmetic surgery centers to help them achieve accreditation,” says Patrick Goodness, CEO of The Goodness Company, a marketing company working with international healthcare providers. “Since the facilities that have obtained accreditation are the ones that are attracting most of the international patients, others offering quality care are eager to join this international trend.”