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Medical Tourism in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is not only known as an echo-tourist destination. For many years, it has also been a very popular choice amongst Americans seeking cheap yet top quality healthcare abroad. Its location, only a few hours flight away for most North Americans, and abundant English-speaking population are two facts speaking in Costa Rica’s favour. The American tourist invasion has grown during the last decade, and Costa Rica is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central America.

Healthcare facilities in Costa Rica

When the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked the world’s health systems in the year 2000, Costa Rica was actually higher placed than the U.S., and together with Dominica it dominated the list amongst the Central American countries. Many Costa Rican doctors are trained in the U.S., and the medical technologies as well as the service levels at the clinics and hospitals are of the highest international standards.

Costa Rica currently has three healthcare facilities holding JCI accreditation. All of these are located in the capital San Jose. Many patients choose to combine treatment in San Jose with convalescence on a resort tucked away in the beautiful pristine nature found all around the country.

Popular treatments in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has always been known for its excellent dental treatments. Nowadays, the country offers its international patients numerous treatments. Some of the most popular are cosmetic surgeries, orthopedic surgeries, and fertility treatments. More advanced procedures; such as heart, kidney, and liver transplants, are now offered, as well as bone marrow transplantation.

Cost of treatments in Costa Rica

The price on treatments in Costa Rica is on average 40-70% lower than in the U.S. Cosmetic procedures are about 40-50% cheaper, while larger medical procedures as well as dental treatments can be as much as up to 70-80% cheaper.