One of the best things about traveling to Costa Rica for medical care is that you save money without cutting quality. On average, medical tourists save 40-70 percent by getting a procedure done in Costa Rica. For example, a dental crown in the U.S. typically costs around $1,000, while in Costa Rica it is $500; a dental implant runs around $3,000 in the U.S. and is $900 in Costa Rica. With more serious medical work, the price goes up and the savings are larger.
In addition to the cost of the procedure, there are other costs that should be considered. Flights from the U.S. or Canada to San José typically run around $400-$700 (flying from Canada is usually more expensive). A mid-range hotel for two people will cost around $75–$140 a night.
In-country transportation costs are extremely variable and depend on if (and where) you plan to travel after your procedure.
Food expenses are usually around $30–$50 per person each day. Taking a few tours will also increase the cost of a trip.
All that said, in most cases it is still more economical to travel to Costa Rica for medical procedures than it is to have them done at home. In fact, many travelers save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.
Travelers often come to Costa Rica for more than one procedure – for example, your dental work might require four dental implants, which can include crowns, a sinus lift and a bone graft. Some people combine a tummy tuck with a breast lift, or liposuction with breast implants. The list of potential combinations is huge.