Costa Rica has the potential to be a dental medical tourism center
Costa Rica could become a Latin American hub for dental medical tourism; since the other rivals in attracting these tourists in this sector are India and the Philippines.
At regional level, Costa Rica competes only with Mexico in search of dental treatments of American and Canadian patients, thanks to the quality of the Costa Rican professionals and savings of up to 80% in the payment.
In the case of Mexico, the advantage offered by Costa Rica is its security and the level of English of its inhabitants.
A study by the Promotora de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (Procomer) indicated as one of the challenges to consolidate the image of a peaceful country where it is possible to travel safely to perform medical interventions and where patients find technology, knowledge and necessary facilities.
The specialists must consider several strategies to maintain competitive prices, quality treatments and complementary services that facilitate the stay and recovery of their patients.
There are medical centers that offer tour operators, because usually the profile of foreigners visiting the country is that not only stay for a treatment, but take the opportunity to know sites and thus lengthen their stay.
“The challenge is to create the conditions so that the tourist is safe, is confident leaving his country to seek treatment. We propose to create a certification to dentists to strengthen and guarantee that security. The other challenge is that Costa Rica is considered an expensive destination, so we are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs, “said Óscar Guzmán, dentist.
Another impetus that will turn the country into a magnet to attract dental tourism is to achieve a greater participation of the country in events related to this topic to show the benefits of traveling to Costa Rica to undergo treatments.
In this aspect the Program of Tourism Ambassadors of Meetings of the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism can play an important role.
Among the benefits that can be exploited are not only the safety and quality of professionals, but treatments can cost between 30% and 80% less, according to data from the Costa Rican Chamber of Health.
“They are patients with special needs, long treatments that in the United States have an excessive cost and in Costa Rica it is much lower without compromising quality. Implantology plays a fundamental role, most seek full denture treatments, complete repair of your mouth, which are complex treatments in the United States cost up to $ 70 thousand, while here comes in a third, “said Guzman.
More than 40% of foreigners seeking medical services in the country do so for dental treatments.
- Origin: United States and Canada
- Age: 45 years or older
- Stay: Minimum one week
- They come for: dental implants
- Savings: Between 30% and 80%
Source: Costa Rican Chamber of Health