A Medical Tourism Hub – Stuart Ben

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  • 06.05.11
  • 12:05 AM UTC

PR Article – Costa Rica
Tourists from around the world travel to Costa Rica for a good time, as this is a beautiful country with countless options for tourists and they just have to choose the kind of vacation they prefer to experience. You can come relax on the beach in all-inclusive beach clubs, visit the world-famous surfing beaches (that attract surfers from all over the world) or witness all the nature Costa Rica has to offer (active volcanoes, unique national parks and adventurous towns). North Americans will usually choose to visit this country in the winter, when it is summer and sunny in Costa Rica.

But these aren’t the only reasons to visit this country. There is another reason tourists come to visit Costa Rica, and it isn’t necessarily a vacation. It is called “Medical Tourism” as many tourists are coming in to Costa Rica as part of this industry. In recent years more and more medical tourists have been entering the country for the main purpose of undergoing medical treatments in Costa Rican hospitals.

Medical Tourism Costa RicaIt may surprise some, but in recent years Costa Rica has become a popular medical tourism destination, as medical centers in the country have realized the potential of the medical tourism industry and are constantly investing funds in keeping the medical system modern and keeping up with the latest medical technology up to par with American hospitals. Some have even been awarded the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation.

Medical Tourism
Let’s have a quick look at the general medical tourism industry before we go into the medical tourism industry in Costa Rica. What is medical tourism? This term describes a phenomenon of patients traveling across national borders, from their home country, in order to receive medical treatment of any kind. It may seem that this is a new industry that has developed recently, but this is not the case as it is documented that patients have been traveling to undergo different health treatments for centuries.

We owe the latest surge in the medical tourism industry to the internet, which is constantly shrinking our globe brining us closer together and to the improvements in the global travel means, making easier and shorter to mobilize from place to place.
These two factors have suddenly made medical tourism possible for people who need it. People who do not have proper medical insurance (or any at all) and could not afford surgery in their home country, patients who are placed on long waiting lists, forcing them wait for surgery for months and even years and also patient who would rather travel to another country where better and more advanced medical technology and research is available.

For all these reasons, combined with the fact that North America and Costa Rica aren’t so far away (just a few hours by plane) and the advance medicine being practiced in the country, there is no surprise Costa Rica has become a popular choice for Americans not only as a vacation destination, but also as a medical tourism hub.

Medical Tourism in Costa Rica
As the medical industry started to develop and blossom in recent years, so have medical centers in Costa Rica. They realized the need of global patients to travel to other countries for medical purposes and have worked to raise medical standards and practice medicine at the highest level. In addition, three major hospitals have received the JCI accreditation, assuring they are up to American medicine standards, in all aspects.

In addition to these private state-of-the-art medical facilities, the finest doctors in Latin America are working in the country and have been through western medical training. These doctors and medical staffs also speak English, assuring no barriers exist between them and the patients. Patients also have the option of being hospitalized in first class accommodations, as the medical centers offer private suites and for their medical visitors.

Finally, one must not forget that after the medical procedure, patients are free to enjoy a vacation in the country and can choose from a relaxing vacation at the beach or explore the country’s beautiful and exotic nature, or combine both.

Medical Tourism Services in Costa Rica
Medical tourists can visit Costa Rica for just about any medical procedure available. However, there are several medical treatments that health travelers more commonly reach Costa Rica for. The first popular treatment is dental surgery, as this is an important part of our external appearance and a fairly minimal medical procedure. Many patients come to Costa Rica for reconstructive dental treatments improving their looks and boosting their self-confidence.

A second popular treatment in Costa Rica, which is also designated to enhance your external look, is cosmetic surgery. Regularly, the recovery for these kinds of procedures is not as tough as others and patients will choose to undergo just about any type of plastic surgery, starting from breast augmentation and enlargements to complete facelifts and tummy tucks.

In addition to these, open heart surgery and orthopedic joint replacement surgery are also popular in Costa Rica. As these are very necessary and very expensive surgeries in western countries, they are arguably the most popular treatments in the global medical tourism industry.

In addition to all treatments mentioned, medical tourists can undergo surgery in any other medical field they choose, including gastroenterology, ophthalmology, organ transplants, urology, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, rheumatology, endocrinology, pediatrics, dermatology, dentistry, gynecology, psychiatry, General Medicine & General Surgery.

There are many private hospitals in Costa Rica, serving medical tourists from around the world in the highest medical standard possible. “La Clínica Católica Hospital”, that has a first class hotel inside its facilities, is just one of many advanced medical centers that provide western standard medicine.

If you are looking into receiving medical treatment abroad, be sure to check Costa Ricanian hospitals in your medical tourism research. Good luck.

This Article has been written by Stuart Ben, A professional medical tourism facilitator. You can read more about medical tourism in Costa Rica here: Hospitals in Costa Rica : TicketMed

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