- HTH strives to identify and recruit the
finest hospitals and doctors that are available--doctors
and hospitals that HTH's staff would confidently and comfortably
visit themselves or recommend to a family member.
- Participation is "by invitation" only.
- HTH does not require or accept fees or
payments from healthcare providers.
- The provider recruitment process begins
with an assessment of the healthcare services that are available
in a destination. This standardized process includes reviews
of hospital quality conducted by third parties such as the
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
(International), US News & World Report and local or
regional publications. HTH supplements this information
by conducting telephone interviews with local travel and
tourism professionals as well as local healthcare authorities
- The following additional sources assist
the recruiting process: (1) the medical staff of participating
HTH health systems, hospitals or medical groups, (2) provider
development professionals with specific knowledge of the
healthcare community in particular geographic areas, (3)
the HTH Medical Advisory Board.
- CityHealth Profilessm are based
on the research described above.
- Participating Health Systems and Medical
Centers have entered into an agreement with HTH. In the
Agreement each U.S. participant has stated that its affiliated
physicians and healthcare providers have undergone a credentialing
process consistent with the standards of the Joint Commission
on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and/or
the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
- Participating Medical Groups in the U.S.
have certified that physician members of the group (1) hold
all appropriate licenses that are necessary for the performance
of their professional duties, (2) are not currently under
investigation by a state medical licensing board and have
not been investigated by a licensing board in the past five
years; and (3) have the ability to practice medicine in
a manner which is not impaired by any physical, mental or
emotional condition. In addition, Medical Groups have certified
that participating physicians are Board Certified, possess
staff privileges at an accredited hospital or participate
with a managed care plan that maintains a certified physician
- All international participating physicians
are invited into the HTH network based upon their affiliation
with or certification by entities of international scope
that meet HTH's standards. Each international participating
physician has executed an agreement certifying that they
are fully licensed to practice medicine in their country,
that they have received post-graduate medical training in
a Western country and that they are fluent in English.
- Participating health systems, medical
centers and medical groups provide HTH with biographical
data on their affiliated physicians, for the use of HTH
customers who require medical attention.
Other Notable Centers/Clinics
- CityHealth Profilessm provide
information about selected hospitals, medical centers, and
clinics, some of which do not participate with HTH. These
centers are identified as described above, and travelers
who need medical care in a particular destination may wish
to consider these providers, in addition to the HTH participating
- Because some of these "Notable Centers/Clinics"
do not participate with HTH and have not entered
into an Agreement with HTH, HTH (1) cannot make any statements
about the physician credentialing procedures that are in
place at these facilities and (2) cannot provide customers
biographical data about the physicians and healthcare providers
who are affiliated with these institutions.
- The list of "Notable Centers/Clinics"
is not comprehensive. Travelers may wish to seek care at
facilities that are not included in CityHealth Profiles
sm or on the HTH website.