Planning a Medical Trip to Costa Rica


The World Health Organization estimates that on an average, Americans allocate 16% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product on healthcare. In comparison to other countries, this figure is extremely high, which is leading many Americans to get medical and dental care outside of the United States. Costa Rica is a premier destination for medical tourism. If you are thinking about taking a medical trip to Costa Rica, then you might be looking for a few tips to help you plan the best medical trip possible.

Do Your Homework Well

When you are planning your medical trip to Costa Rica, first:

  • Learn as much as you can about doctors and clinics that perform your desired procedure. Whether you desire breast implants or dental implants in Costa Rica, you should find a few different doctors offering the same service and see which one is right for you.
  • Know the doctor’s credentials. Remember, not all medical schools are created equal. Ask your doctor where he/she studied and if he/she has gone for any further education. When you go to Costa Rica for medical purposes, you want to get the best. Plenty of doctors in Costa Rica have studied at reputable medical schools, thus you shouldn’t settle for less.
  • Pick a clinic and doctor in an area that is enjoyable for you. If you are not fond of cities, then don’t pick a dentist or doctor right in the heart of San Jose. Instead, pick a smaller city such as San Miguel or Ipis.
  • Ask previous patients for their feedback. When you go to Costa Rica for medical treatment, you may not have the opportunity to meet the doctor and visit the clinic prior to the trip for your treatment. This makes it even more important to hear firsthand accounts of what the doctor and clinic is like. Ask the doctor to speak with a previous patient or look in online forums.
  • Plan your trip according to the weather and/or other travel factors. When you go for a procedure like bariatric surgery or teeth implants in Costa Rica, you want to be as comfortable as possible. In order to make that happen you should travel at the right time of year. If you don’t like rains, avoid planning your medical procedure in Costa Rica during the rainy season. If you aren’t fond of crowds, avoid the peak season. Plan your trip at a time that is conducive to a good trip.


During Your Medical Trip in Costa Rica

  • Stay in a hotel close to the clinic. The last thing you need to worry about while getting medical attention in Costa Rica is shuffling back and forth between the hotel and hospital or clinic. If at all possible, stay at a hotel within walking distance or a short drive from your clinic.
  • Plan to recover in Costa Rica. Don’t leave immediately after you medical treatment is done. Plan your medical trip to include at least a few days – if not more – in Costa Rica. This makes it easy for you to see the doctor if any follow-up session is required.
  • Trust your instinct. If, for some reason, you meet your doctor and don’t feel totally at ease, then acknowledge it even if you did all the necessary research on the doctor beforehand. Don’t feel obliged to go through with the procedure using a doctor that makes you feel uneasy just because you’ve come all the way to Costa Rica. No matter what procedure you need, there are plenty of other doctors who can see you in Costa Rica. The most important thing is that you should feel confident in his/her ability.
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