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Top Destination for Medical Travelers

Costa Rica is emerging as a leading health tourism destination

Costa Rica a Primer Destination!

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Medical and health travelers

Did You Know? In 2017, Costa Rica welcomed some 48,000 medical and health travelers, mostly from the US, Canada, and the EU.

Why Costa Rica

Costs
Cost: Medical treatments in Costa Rica average 50% to 70% less than in the United States and Canada.
Accessibility
Americans, Canadians and most Europeans do not require an entrance visa for stays shorter than 90 days. Costa Rica has an established tourism infrastructure and international flights are plentiful.
High-quality medical services
Costa Rica is home to top private and public accredited hospitals and clinics, and many doctors have training, certifications and experience from the U.S.
Tourist destination
Medical patients can take advantage of Costa Rica’s famous nature, beaches, volcanoes, lakes and rivers, along with leading international and local hotel chains. Many resorts specialize in yoga and wellness retreats, spas, and weight-loss programs.

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Costa Rica Healthcare and Medical Tourism​

Costa Rica Healthcare and Medical Tourism

No longer a sleepy destination for cost-conscious American expats seeking dental care, Costa Rica’s two JCI-accredited hospitals and numerous smaller, private AAAASF- and AAAHC-accredited clinics also offer a wide range of medical services, including orthopedics, cardiology, cosmetic surgery, and bariatrics. Idyllic scenery and unique “recovery lodges” make Costa Rica a prime destination for the medical traveler.

With its comparative wealth as a Central American nation, emphasis on ecotourism, and long history of relative political tranquility, Costa Rica—Spanish for “rich coast”— can hardly be labeled a third-world country. Few tourist destinations offer such easy access to leisure activities.

Breathtaking national parks of volcanoes and cloud forests are less than an hour’s drive from the capital, San Jose. Both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts are easily accessible, with plenty of local and westernized accommodations. With so many Americans vacationing in, traveling to, or buying real estate in Costa Rica, many “Ticans” wonder if their country won’t soon become the US’s fifty-first state.

Nichol came from Canada

Nichol came from Canada for medical tourism in Costa Rica, he wanted new teeth and went home with a new wife and new teeth. Now 64, Nichol first came here nine years ago for 10 implants and 24 crowns, taking advantage of Costa Rica’s excellence as a destination for medical tourism. He met a Costa Rica woman whom he eventually married, and they live in New Brunswick now. “Originally when I had my first work done, I think it was $65,000 in Canada for the restoration work, and in Costa Rica at that time it was $11,300,” he said.

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