Costa Rica

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Known for its many flora and fauna, Costa Rica is a Central American country close to the Panama that offers low-cost quality healthcare in beautiful and tropical scenery. The multitude of plant and animal life in Costa Rica has given it a long-known reputation for being an ecotourism country, in which its tourist industry primarily brings travelers interested in destinations catered around nature and the ecosystem. However, since the World Health Organization ranked Costa Rica’s health system as 36th in the world in 2000, one above the United States’ 37th place, the country has seen a massive medical tourism boom.

Medical tourists generally seek healthcare outside of their home country because of the high costs of the required medical procedures. Quite often, the medical procedures sought elsewhere are elective, like cosmetic surgery and dentistry, and are not covered on most of the world’s health insurance plans. Costa Rica’s excellent healthcare system has modern and state-of-the-art hospitals and clinics, as well as doctors and surgeons that are medically trained in the U.S. or Canada. They also offer relatively no wait times, and the opportunity for medical tourists to get their medical procedure done amongst the tropical rainforests, active bubbling volcanoes, and exotic animal reserves.

Like the U.S., Costa Rica has hubs in which cities have more health culture than others. For Costa Rica, this city is primarily San Jose, which is the country’s capital and central economic hub. Overall, the country receives over 2 million tourists a year and Costa Ricans are consistently voted as some of the happiest people in the world. In 2009 and 2012, the country was ranked first in the New Economics Foundation’s “Happy Planet Index”, and was also ranked first as the “greenest” country in the world. The country also consistently has been ranked among the top Latin American countries by the Human Development Index, and is frequently called the “Switzerland of Latin America”.

Visiting Costa Rica for your medical procedure is an especially easy choice for many North American residents because of how relatively close Costa Rica is. Also, the country has a history of being laid-back, and socially accustomed to living a relaxed life, phrasing this custom as “Pura Vida”, or “Full of Life” or “Good Living”. This level of relaxation is important for healthy living, and it is no wonder why Costa Rica’s medical tourism industry has expanded so much.

You could easily make a vacation out of your time spent in Costa Rica for your medical procedure. However, we recommend making use of a facilitator to ease the planning process a bit. The facilitator can help plan the medical part of your trip by coordinating the procedure, and creating packages that includes the costs of your medical treatments. These packages often exclude airfare, vacation hotel stay, and sightseeing. However, the work of finding a doctor and working out the medical costs are done for you.

Costa Rica is frequently becoming one of the largest Latin America hubs for medical tourism because of its quality healthcare, lower costs, and high human development rate. It is also frequently named the safest country in Latin America with one of the highest standards of living. If receiving medical care in a tropical setting that is not too far from home excites you, take advantage of Costa Rica’s pura vida.

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