Costa Rica

Medical Tourism

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Costa Rica is not only a beautiful vacation destination but offers affordable, high quality healthcare services. Medical tourism in Costa Rica is growing at an accelerated rate. Tourists are attracted to the inexpensive prices and short wait time provided by quality physicians in top-notch facilities. Cost is a driving factor for medical tourism; with healthcare costs drastically rising across the globe people are forced to explore affordable options. Procedures abroad are approximately half the price of the same procedures performed in developed countries. Patients save substantial amounts of money even with the added expenses of travel.
In recent years travel to Costa Rica has significantly improved. Liberia Airport [Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport] in Guanacaste underwent a major renovation and the amount of airlines and flights are consistently increasing. On September 30, TicoTimes.net revealed that lawmakers are pushing for two new airports in Costa Rica. As travel to Costa Rica becomes more convenient for more people around the world medical tourism will further develop and expand.
A quick search query on medical tourism in Costa Rica and you will find a plethora of information on the web; and there are so many misconceptions about medical tourism. No one wants to take chances with their health; naturally people question the quality of doctors and medical facilities in underdeveloped countries. Thankfully most of Costa Rica’s physicians, dentists, and doctors were educated in America or Western European medical schools. There are governmental programs that aid in such education and require the physicians to return home to practice. They went through the same training your local physicians went through. Other doctors were born, raised, trained, and practiced in developed countries and have moved or retired to Costa Rica for the lifestyle. Despite Spanish as the official language of Costa Rica, many doctors are fluent in English, as well as other languages. It is safe to say that physicians and dentists of Costa Rica are just as qualified as your local doctors.
Another misconception about medical tourism is that foreign hospitals and clinics do not have new, appropriate equipment. Many hospitals become accredited by international organizations to guarantee safe, secure, up-to-date facilities and gain confidence of foreign patients. American Association for Accreditation for Ambulatory Surgery Facilities International (AAAASFI) is only one example of such international organizations that provide such credibility. In fact most state of the art equipment and materials in Costa Rica’s hospitals and clinics are imported from the United States. Dentists use the same products for crowns, implants and veneers as a dentist in the U.S. would use. Rest assured that patients in Costa Rica are not only getting high quality services but have access to quality equipment, prescriptions and medical material.
Costa Rica is well-known as a reliable, efficient, affordable country for medical tourism. Hospitals in San Jose, the capital, have played a big role in securing that reputation for Costa Rica; specifically CIMA, Catolica, and Biblica hospitals. There are several online resources that allow you to search for doctors and medical facilities. One quality resource is HuliHealth’s website, where you can read reviews and book procedures online. And the very best part of medical tourism in Costa Rica is the exceptional recovery facilities and spas. Costa Rica is home to one of the world’s largest Blue Zones! The Blue Zones are geographic places of the world where it has been proven that people live measurably longer, healthier lives. Health and wellness retreat facilities provide yoga and meditation classes, acupuncture, massage, naturopathy, floral therapy, detoxification cleanses, and stress and weight management techniques. While patients recover after medical procedures they have the ability to explore this vibrant country. The lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and relaxing hot springs only reinforce Costa Rica as the perfect destination for medical tourism.

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