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MEDEX 360m Rates the State of Global Medical Care for Travelers
Date:11/29/2007

ravelers visiting remote areas need to be aware of how quickly they will be able to access quality facilities in urban centers," says Wolfermann.

The ratings also reveal that even modern societies can present surprising cultural barriers to healthcare. MEDEX 360m gives a lower rating to countries, like Japan, where factors including communication and cultural attitudes about the use of pain medication may differ from Western standards. Wolfermann, while acknowledging that the rating criteria are decidedly Western European/North America-centric, says that these factors are important for the majority of MEDEX's constituency.

In Santiago, Chile, where private hospitals are among South America's finest, rooms are designed like hotel suites. Family members are encouraged to stay with the patient, providing moral support and companionship. In Spain, family members are also encouraged to stay and are expected to tend to patient feeding and hygiene needs (instead of nurses). "This custom can certainly affect travelers' perceptions of the care," adds Wolfermann.

For a sampling of top and bottom country ratings: http://www.MEDEX360m.com.

MEDEX is one of the world's leading providers of emergency assistance, medical and security evacuations, and international medical insurance to travelers. Harvard Medical International is a not-for-profit subsidiary of Harvard Medical School.


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