Readers of my previous twelve posts have no doubt seen that I have been writing about how workers’ compensation can benefit from implementing medical tourism. So for my next post, I decided to reverse direction, and write about how medical tourism can benefit workers’ compensation. I decided the best way to do that was to write about the hospitals, clinics and hospital networks that exist in Latin American and the Caribbean. My last post on the impending immigration reform, and our guest contributor, Steve Schmutz‘s post on immigration, highlights the reality that Latin America and the Caribbean is a vital and nearby region of the world to the mainland US that cannot be ignored. And for the future of workers’ compensation, this is very important as more and more workers will have been born in those countries or will have ties to them through their family.
So by perusing the literature I collected when I attended the 5th World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress last October, I have put together a list of some of the hospitals, clinics and hospital networks in several Latin American and Caribbean countries. This list is by no means exhaustive, and while I originally decided to give some text for each hospital or clinic, I decided in the end just to list them by country with links to their website where available.
It should be noted that much of the literature I picked up was mostly slick marketing tools, and some of the websites are not very well made, so getting a lot of information from them was not always easy. Those websites that are in Spanish or Portuguese can be translated or have links to English versions.
Finally, I have not visited any of these hospitals, clinics or networks, so I am unable to verify the validity of their services, but am going on the assumption that since many of them are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), or certified by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as are those in Puerto Rico, that they are equal to or better than US hospitals.
After reading the following list and checking out some of the hospitals, clinics and networks that are available in Latin America and the Caribbean, you will learn that the days of back alley, dubious medical care in the rest of the Western hemisphere are a thing of the past. Here is the list in alphabetical order:
Hospital del Trabajador (Working Man – Specializing in Trauma, Burns and Rehabilitation)
Cabo San Lucas
San José del Cabo
Angeles Health International (Network) – 23 hospitals across Mexico
Metro Pavia Health System (MPHS) (website under construction)
Hospital Pavia Santuce
Hospital Pavia Hato Rey
Hospital Metropolitano de San Juan
Hospital San Francisco
Metropolitan Hospital of Miami
Hospital HIMA – San Pablo Bayamon
Hospital HIMA – San Pablo Caguas