Costa Rica increasingly attracts more visitors for medical tourism
Costa Rica is one of the countries with the highest rate of increase in the population in search of a medical job, according to the ranking of International Living magazine.
This increase was reflected in the 33% growth in medical tourism revenues during the last five years, according to data from the Central Bank.
Inclusively, the country claims the first place in the World Retirement Index in the Health category, according to the international environment, for this year.
The publication also highlighted in Mexico, Colombia, Thailand and Malaysia, as the nations where more and more tourists come to undergo dental procedures, laser vision enhancement or cosmetic surgeries.
Its high quality of care and low prices allow to reduce the cost of each intervention, in comparison with the United States.
“The deductibles can be high and some procedures are not covered: flying abroad, doing the procedure, taking a vacation of a week or two, could have lower expenses than simply paying for the procedure in the United States,” explains Jennifer Stevens , executive editor of International Living.
About 45% of visits, for dental treatments, 10% for plastic surgery, 22% for gynecology, orthopedic and bariatric surgery, and the remaining percentage corresponds to preventive checkups, said Massimo Manzi, director of the Costa Rican Chamber of Health (Promed .)
Doctors trained in the United States, the constant updating of health systems and significant savings for Americans, factors that weigh on the selection of the country as a destination.
“A friend recommended me to go to Costa Rica to get implants, which cost 75% less than in the US I was happy to find many certificates of dentists in my country,” Laura Royal told International Living, a resident of Florida, who took advantage of the disparity in prices and included in your trip to the dentist a family vacation.
In Costa Rica, Americans save between 45% and 65% for intervention compared to their country, says the International Living report, which coincides with Manzi.
Although medical tourism has presented an increase between 2013 and 2017, according to the surveys carried out by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute and figures from Central, there is still potential to be exploited.
For this, the involvement of the public sector is necessary, because “the achievement that medical tourism has shown thanks to companies”, concluded the director of Promed.
Mexico and Colombia are positioned as the Latin American rivals of Costa Rica in attracting tourists seeking medical assistance.
Mexico Benefited by its proximity to the United States, quality of service and prices. Dental treatments and general surgery attract foreigners.
Colombia Excels for aesthetic surgery services, but also eye treatments take force. In 2016 more than 100 countries came to this country in search of tummy tucks, facelifts, implants, among other services.