Medical Tourism in Costa Rica
Wait a minute, are you concerned about your healthcare or your next vacation trip? Because in Costa Rica you can take care of both at the same time! Either way, we don’t judge. Let’s have a talk about medical tourism.
Since 2011 UCR has been mentioning all about medical tourism in Costa Rica. Most of these international visits are for dental procedures, fertility treatments, orthopedics, cosmetic, bariatric, cardiovascular, and brain surgeries.
10 years later, in 2021, hospitals in the United States collapsed because no one was ready for a pandemic. It got even more expensive than how it was. In this uncertain time Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica became the favorite destinations due to medical tourism. But Costa Rica’s Ranking is higher since it is a safer country.
According to Massimo Manzi, executive director of the CCS (Costa Rican Chamber of Health), between preparations, surgery, after care, medicine and everything else surrounding a medical procedure, a person will be paying 50-70% more in the United States than in Costa Rica.
Why are people choosing Costa Rica?
People are choosing Costa Rica because we don’t have an army. Our government invested in health and education instead of weapons. “Ticos” are extremely nice people.
We are close to the USA and Canada, a lot of people speak English and we have steady democratic politics. Clínica Biblica is a private hospital and has been accredited internationally. Also, here you can find public and private medicine and health services.
Canada doesn’t have private medicine so it is necessary to wait to be assisted and the USA doesn’t have good insurance policies so it becomes very expensive.
So there’s an institution called PROMED that’s promoting medical tourism in Costa Rica with a certified network of hospitals, hotels, tourism guides, services and personal caretakers.
How is medical tourism helping Costa Rica development?
Costa Rica is being aided by medical tourism in many ways. Some of them are:
- Doctors and private applications are acquiring expensive and modern equipment due to foreign investment.
- Patient care is of the highest standard.Therefore, after care is superior.
- Since tourists have to stay until full recovery, multiple businesses are getting a boost.
- It is estimated that 10.4% of tourism income in Costa Rica is from medical tourism.
Dental tourism in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has positioned itself as a worldwide leader regarding dental tourism. People from many developed countries are traveling to Costa Rica for dental medicine. The principal reason is that professionals in this area are highly capacitated and costs are affordable. Also, they get to be in a beautiful country while getting the procedures.
Costa Rican dentists are talented and it is safe to come here. However, as you would do in your country, research needs to be done in order to get the best doctors at your disposal.
The dental equipment and supplies are mostly coming from the United States so you can be assured that you are getting the best available on the market.
Since salaries and rents are lower in Costa Rica, we can transfer those savings to the patients but don’t mistake that with medicine of lower quality because we are ready to take care of your medical and vacation needs with the highest commodities.