A Medical Travel Advisory, the first ever issued on the medical tourism industry, identifies an excessive number of deaths and life-threatening infections of medical tourists in Dominican Republic.
“We urge medical travelers to seek an alternative to the Dominican Republic,” says Julie Munro, president of MTQUA.
At least four people in the past year alone have died after surgery that are known to MTQUA. Dozens more acquired life-threatening infections they had to treat in hospital back home.
“This is unacceptable,” says Munro.
The Medical Travel Advisory also puts four other countries on a watch list.
“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.”
For now, Dominican Republic authorities have shut down one clinic but not other clinics that have been identified as the source of life-altering surgical-site infections in medical travelers in reports from as far back as 2003.
MTQUA calls on the government and the medical profession to review specific incidents and the underlying reasons why medical tourists are finding themselves at such high risk so that medical and wellness travel becomes safer and better for all medical tourists.