Mexico Hospital Certification Standards

Since 1999, Mexico General Health Council has begun preparing a certification program, called the CSG Accreditation. Using international standards as its benchmark, the Mexico CSG Accreditation aims to attracted would-be medical tourists from around the world. The General Health Council (GHC) accreditation program is a very attractive certification, but not the only Mexico program.

Not all hospitals in Mexico are certificated, it is voluntary - with many hospitals opting out. Which is why now, many hospitals are required to be certified by the Health Ministry.

In 2008, the National Certification System for Medical Care Organizations (Sistema Nocional de Certificacion de Establecimientos de Atencion Medica) was founded. Find out which hospitals are certified by the Health Ministry here:

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations otherwise known as the JCAHO, is a United States required accreditation agency for hospitals and centers who are to be paid by insurance or Medicare.

In 2009, Mexico was the first country to adopt U.S. Hospital standards for national hospital certification (Mexico's own JCAHO standards). Now, all private hospitals in Mexico are required to obtain national certification. These new standards now require hospitals to operate with procedures and audit practices that have benchmarks similar to JCAHO.

To ensure the success of the program, the Mexican Hospital Association signed an agreement with GHC prohibiting Mexican health insurers to pay non-certified hospitals.

The enforcement looks to be successful, helping to spure the increase in Hospitals certified. According to GHC, as of February 2013, 85 percent of private hospitals and 14.7 percent of public hospitals were certified. The majority of hospitals were in large urban centers: Mexico City, the states of Mexico, Puebla, Jalisco and Nuevo Leon.

Joint Commission International Accreditation

Joint Commission International (JCI) is the division of the JCAHO, a very prestigious accreditation agency that currently accredits seven private hospitals in Mexico. JCI accreditation will ensure that standards are the equivalent to other prestigious hospitals in the world, and with most hospitals in the United States.

JCI is typically used for insurance companies to judge merit and other criteria - as it has very little to do with health organizations or governments in Mexico. Hospitals will use the JCI accreditation to attract medical tourists from the United States and Canada.

Mexico Medical Tourism

Mexico is the most popular destination for medical tourism for U.S. individuals. Today, thousands of individuals are descending on Mexico to seeking quality healthcare.

To be fully informed and educated, we recommend that patients seek out hospital's certification to see how exactly their hospitals compare. Also take into account that not all hospitals try to obtain certification, so if a particular hospital lacks certification it may not suggest they lack rigorous standards. Factor in user reviews, cost and reputation.

- Additional Reading: Little Known Fact - Mexico Adopts U.S. Hospital Accreditation Standards

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