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World watchdog slams Dominican medical tourism

Santo Domingo.- A new report on the medical tourism industry released Tuesday warns travelers not to have medical procedures done in Dominican Republic and puts other countries on a watch list, according to a press release by PRNewswire.

The Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA) issue a Medical Travel Advisory, the first ever on the medical tourism industry, which identifies an excessive number of deaths and life-threatening infections of medical tourists in Dominican Republic, and cautions medical tourists about specific safety risks in other nations.

“We urge medical travelers to seek an alternative to the Dominican Republic,” says Julie Munro, president of MTQUA. “At least four people this year alone have died after surgery that we know of. Dozens more acquired life-threatening infections they had to treat in hospital back home. This is unacceptable,” the statement says.

“As many medical tourists start planning in January for medical travel later in the year, MTQUA cautions them to take greater care when considering medical or surgical procedures in Thailand, South Korea, India and especially in Mexico, where deaths from weight loss and plastic surgery in certain clinics in the border towns of Tijuana and Mexicali have been widely reported in the American media,” the industry watchdog said.

“Conditions in these countries present unreasonable and unwarranted risk, and possible life-altering harm including poor quality results, disregard for medical traveler safety, and even death,” the statement said, quoting MTQUA.

“We are naming the Dominican Republic because this situation has been going on for years. It is widespread and not confined to one or two clinics. Neither the government nor the medical establishment has shown a clear commitment to fix this. Instead, the country continues to promote itself as a preferred medical tourism destination which is absolutely not the case,” says Munro.

Source: DT

Dec 22, 2015

Category: DR News |

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