AMA’s (American Medical Association) Principles of Medical ethics is a system of moral principles that apply values to the practice of clinical medicine. These values include the respect for autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence and justice. At Credence, we have implemented these principles in our policy framework and standard operating procedures. We neither promote any hospital nor affiliate ourselves with any particular physician or surgeon. Our goal is to ensure that the patient is guarded by these fundamental principles of medical care.
Credence’s exclusive online platform has been developed as an automated process to connect patients with doctors across the globe without any external influence or reference. Using the platform, patient is free to select a doctor of his choice. Details of accomplishments of the doctors and the accreditation of their medical facilities are available on the portal which help the patient select a physician. Using the online features the patients connects one to one with the doctors and gives access to their uploaded medical records to get the condition assessed and take an expert medical opinion.
Telemedicine also known as Telehealth refers to the concept of delivery of healthcare at a distance by connecting doctors to patients who are not physically present with each other. At times, it becomes difficult for a person to travel and see a Doctor. Such difficulties can be caused due to busy schedules, natural disasters or circumstances created by contagious diseases like COVID-19. Using the Credence’s digital platform, such patients can connect online with the specialist doctors available on the portal, seek medical advice regarding their health condition and transition to an appropriate level of care from the safety of their homes.
Credence is the first service provider to successfully use the tools of telehealth for promotion of medical tourism. Use of Telemedicine for Medical Tourism is a novel business model which has not been put to use till date and can be called as Virtual Medical Tourism. Using the Credence’s proprietary EMR capable online portal, the patients connects one on one with the Doctor to seek expert advice. Since the Physician has excess to all the patient’s medical records on the portal, informed decisions are taken on the future course of treatment and procedures if required. This process leaves no ambiguity in the minds of medical care givers and care seekers on what to expect during their medical travel.
With so many medical specializations and many overlapping over each other it gets very confusing for the patient to choose the specialization for his medical condition. With a chronic protracted and complicated condition, getting clarity on the specialization is a daunting task in itself. In case of a dilemma, we help the patient select the specialization for his medical condition after going through the uploaded health records. Timely advice from the right specialization for a medical condition mitigates the damage and ensures a better prognosis.
United States is said to be the great melting pot of the world through the influx of immigrants. These immigrations have torn apart families and invariably parents are left behind in the home country, all alone and lonely. Access to regular health management of these elderly becomes an ordeal in itself and at times delayed medical care becomes fatal. To care for parents and loved ones back home, Credence has made Geriatric Care as a part of its focused area of work. Through affiliation with physicians and diagnostic centers, health parameters of such older adults are monitored regularly so that medical care requirements are met well in time.
At Credence we work with our patients to arrange part financing their medical treatment through a credit facility from a financial institution. Some institutions offer low value shorter term financing options from 6 to 12 months. No interest is charged when minimum monthly payments are made and the full amount is paid by the end of the promotional period. If any amount is due at the end of promotional period, interest is charged from the original purchase date. Long term health care financing for 24 months or greater is available at an applicable APR (annual percentage rate). All financing is subject to credit approval of the financial institution.
Nowadays, many illnesses are caused or aggravated by psychological causes, such as stress, intense everyday life, modern demands, human relations so on and so forth. It is proven that the change in environment & nutrition, asceticism, nature walking, discovery of different historical & cultural heritage and participation in wellness programs contribute immensely to the mental health which in turn improves the physical wellbeing. For millions, medical tourism is a practical option. It is so wonderful to have a holiday with your loved ones and save money on your medical care. Credence brings it all to your door step.
United States is the global destination for medical cure of critical illness. An US academic medical center typically offers medical and surgical expertise along with a confidence factor. US physicians are subject to the most arduous system of ethical and legal accountability in the world. More than 300,000 patients visit US every year seeking super specialty medical care. However, getting to a US medical facility and then to a US physician who is willing to accept you as a patient and provide medical care is a task in itself. Credence has tied up with US international hospitals having well established international patient services to provide an effortless and seamless care.
To make it an experience of a life time, Credence provides a solution which starts from the moment patients leave home and concludes when they return back home. Though we are essentially not a travel company but our resources, affiliations and online tools offer our patients various itinerary and lodging options, with exceptional attention to every detail, all at a price which is very attractive. In addition to the medical package our users have an option to avail services for visa guidance, air ticketing, airport transfers, stay provisions, translators, special vacation plans, local transport arrangements and legal support.
Medical care business in the United States is subject to world’s most formidable ethical and legal accountability. The Anti-Kickback Statute states that anyone in the healthcare industry, who consciously and deliberately accepts a fee or remuneration of any kind or offers the same with the intention of manipulating the course of a medical decision-making, is liable to punishment. Stark Law prohibits physician self-referral or a referral by a physician of an entity providing designated health services if the physician has a financial relationship with that entity. Complying with these and other US Federal and Texas State laws, Credence does not engage in any kind of referral money. Credence being an US corporation is duty bound to comply with all the legal provisions of US laws on Healthcare which ensures an exceptional level of financial transparency in our operations.
Ethical, affordable and quality centric medical treatment is the distinctive signature of Credence. Every medical tourism facilitator boasts and markets itself on the cost factor alone. We ensure that medical treatment provided is price competitive and is at the hands of capable and accomplished doctors. We authenticate the credentials of the doctors through a rigorous verification process before making them available on our platform. Only physicians and surgeons with a good professional standing and working in accredited facilities are approved for our online platform. Every surgical treatment package offered on our platform is vetted and approved by Credence.
As a general rule under US tax laws, wages earned by nonresident aliens for services performed outside of the United States for any employer are foreign source income and therefore are not subject to reporting and withholding of U.S. federal income tax. For non US service providers no part of income is withheld by Credence under US tax laws and such service providers receive their entire dues without any tax deductions in US dollars in their bank accounts across the globe. Since service providers shall be drawing invoices on Credence, no local sales and service taxes shall be applicable on transactions with non-Texas entities. Many countries provide incentives for income earned in US dollars under their Income Tax and import duty laws.
While on one hand the technology provides efficiency and mobility on the other hand it increases the security risk of the patient health data. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets the standard for sensitive patient data protection. Companies that deal with protected health information (PHI) must have physical, network, and process security measures in place and follow them to ensure HIPAA Compliance. Credence offers free hosting of patient medical records. Credence has put in place physical and technical safeguards for securing the hosted patient health information data.