No Back Alleys Here: Medical Tourism Hospitals, Clinics and Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean

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:

Argentina

Buenos Aires

Hospital Alemán

Bahamas

Bahamas Medical Center

Brazil

Hospital Alemão Oswaldo Cruz

Cayman Islands

Cayman Spine Institute

Chile

Hospital del Trabajador (Working Man – Specializing in Trauma, Burns and Rehabilitation)

Red Salud UC

Santiago Salud Chile

Colombia

Bogotá

Clinical Colsanitas SA

Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá

Hospital Universitario de San Ignacio

Cartagena

Clinica Medihelp Services

Medellin

Salud Sin Fronteras

Clinical Las Vegas

Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe

Grupo Empresarial Las Américas

Clinica Medellin

San Vicente Fundación

Costa Rica

San Jose

Hospital Clinica Biblica

Hospital La Católica

Dominican Republic

Hospital General de la Plaza de la Salud

Guatemala

Centro Medico

Hospital Herrera Llerandi

Hospital el Pilar (Sanatario de Nuestra Señora del Pilar)

Mexico

Amerimed (Network)

Locations

Cabo San Lucas

Cancún

Puerta Vallarta

San José del Cabo

Angeles Health International (Network) – 23 hospitals across Mexico

Cancún

Hospital Galenia

Chihuahua

CIMA – Centro Internacional de Medicina

Mexicali

Hospital Almater

Nicaragua

Managua

Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas

Panama

Panama City

Hospital Punta Pacifica

Hospital San Fernando

Clínica Ortopédica Dayan

Centro Ortopédico Nacional

Puerto Rico

Metro Pavia Health System (MPHS) (website under construction)

Hospitals:

Hospital Pavia Santuce

Hospital Pavia Hato Rey

Hospital Metropolitano de San Juan

Hospital San Francisco

Metropolitan Hospital of Miami

Hima Health

Hospitals:

Hospital HIMA – San Pablo Bayamon

Hospital HIMA – San Pablo Caguas

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Have worked in the Insurance and Risk Management industry for more than thirty years in New York, Florida and Texas in the Claims and Risk Management spheres, primarily in Workers’ Compensation Claims, Auto No-Fault and Property & Casualty Claims Administration and Claims Management. Have experience in Risk and Insurance Business Analysis, Risk Management Information Systems, and Insurance Data Processing and Data Management. Received my Master’s in Health Administration (MHA) degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida in December 2011. Received my Master of Arts (MA) degree in American History from New York University, and received my Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Liberal Arts (Political Science/History/Social Sciences) from SUNY Brockport. I have studied World History, Global Politics, and have a strong interest in the future of human civilization in all aspects; economic, political and social. I am looking for new opportunities that will utilize my previous experience and MHA degree. I am available for speaking engagements and am willing to travel. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/richardkrasner Resume: https://www.box.com/s/z8rxcks6ix41m3ocvvep

4 thoughts on “No Back Alleys Here: Medical Tourism Hospitals, Clinics and Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean

  1. Christine Caldwell, CEO

    My name is Christine Caldwell, CEO of EME International. We have been providing Impairment Rating information for the workers compensation industry since 1990. EME created the IR review process and have offered substantial potential savings since 2007, When EME adjusts/corrects the physicians’ Impairment Rating report the savings are in excess of 87 million, 7,000 cases, over 5 years. EME has been providing Impairment Rating software, education, testing and IR services nationally.
    I was recently recruited by WISE to market Medical Tourism. I am now convinced that this is a superb opportunity for people to get procedures that they cannot afford in the US.
    While there are many issues that play into this critical problem, the bottom line is the insurance deductable that people must pay or procedures that are not covered by insurance.
    My Critical Care background caused me to be skeptical in the beginning but in dealing with WISE, World Insititue of Surgical Excellence, I realize that this is the future of medicine. The way WISE has structured the MT in Costa Rica and Panama is the way heatlh care should be done and patients should be treated. Their outcomes are better and the infection rate lower. WISE and ITC are co sponsoring the Medical Tourism Summit on April 24 to 27, 2013. I will be a speaker at this conference, there are break out meetings for the different categories and I believe this will be a game changer. I would love for you to attend and if you are interested let me know and I will send you information
    WISE offers a very unique approach to Medical Tourism and Fly Away Medical, the company I have recently created to market this program, is integral to making a major impact on getting people the right care at the right price with great outcomes.
    I love your articles, keep up the good work!
    Christine

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  2. Aquiles Palomino, Ph.D.

    Fantastic! Standards of medical practice in Latin America are often equal or better than those in the U.S. It is about time we utilize these resources.

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