IHC’s international hospital ratings criteria was developed with input from patients, doctors, hospital CEOs, insurance companies and medical tourism professionals. IHC reviews private hospitals in each country and assigns a score of 1-to-5 based on level of compliance with each of the following criteria. The highest possible score is 100. The hospitals with the highest combined score for that country are rated as Best International Hospital for the year of the evaluation.
IHC Ratings Criteria
|Range of Clinical Specialization||Foreign languages spoken by operators|
|Medical Technology and Equipment||Medical records available in English|
|International Quality Accreditation||Availability of English speaking doctors and nurses|
|Acceptance of International Insurance||International affiliations|
|Medical Tourism Association Membership||International training of Medical Staff|
|Number of Foreign Patients Treated||Hospital’s website languages|
|Presence of International Services Dept.||Transparency of pricing|
|Patients Bill of Rights||% of private patient rooms (single-bed)|
|Number of VIP patient rooms||Other international awards received|
|On-site diagnostic imaging and laboratory||Recognition by the US Embassy|
There are more than 100 million expatriates throughout the world. Nearly 10% of this patient group are American. IHC researchers report that 69% of expatriates have healthcare insurance. Expatriates will spend over 6 billion USD in foreign hospitals during 2016.
IHC’s Best International Hospital Awards are specially designed to guide expatriates, as well as local patients to better care in each country. There can be only one IHC Best International Hospital Awards in each country each year.
There are over 100 international “expat” oriented health insurance providers. IHC cooperates with leading international health insurers by providing them with hospitals ratings information. When a hospital is awarded the IHC Best International Hospital Award, IHC sends certification notice to the leading international insurance companies, making them aware of the hospitals rating and award. The insurance companies are free to share this information with their members in the hospital’s catchment area.
In 2016, more than one million American Citizens will seek healthcare abroad. IHC researchers report that 84% of all Medical Tourist patients do on-line research about hospitals and destination prior to making their final selection. IHC’s Best International Hospitals are specifically designed to guide Medical Tourism patients to better care in each country. There can be only one IHC Best International Hospital Award in each country each year.
When hospitals receive their Best Hospital Awards, IHC notifies each of the Medical Tourism Facilitators in our database. IHC’s Best International Hospital Awards are specifically designed to guide Medical Tourism Facilitators to better care in each country. There can be only one IHC Best International Hospital Award in each country each year.
International tourist arrivals reached 1.14 billion in 2014, a 4.7% increase over the previous year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. For 2015, UNWTO forecasts international tourism to grow by 3% to 4%, further contributing to the global economic recovery.
There are numerous Medical Travel Insurance for travelers and s tourists. In 2014, over 150 million American tourists were covered by some type of travel insurance according the the US Travel Insurance Association. During 2014, Americans spent more than $2 billion on travel insurance covering risks like trip cancelation, medical emergencies, medical evacuation, and emergency transportation.
When hospitals receive a Best International Hospital Award, IHC notifies each of the Medical Travel Insurance companies in our database. IHC’s Awards are specifically designed to guide travelers and tourists to better care in each country.