$6.8 Million for Guatemalan Hospital

A radiotherapy center called 'Hope International' will be inaugurated this week in Guatemala City.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Betting heavily on health tourism, the center will offer complete packages, which include medical treatments, hotel, transportation and touristic activities.

"The health tourism sector is still growing in the country, even though it is difficult to estimate how much it generates each year", said Claudia del Águila, executive from the Guatemalan Exporters Association, in a Prensalibre.com article.

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Costa Rica: Medical Tourism and Hot Springs

August 2013

A plan is underway to boost medical hydrology in the north of the country, taking advantage of the tourist infrastructure and natural conditions in the area.

Entrepreneurs from San Carlos, in the northern part of the country, plan to form partnerships "with the medical community and businesses in order to build medical centers and train professionals in the health industry, said Lorena Herrera, businesswoman and team president", reported Elfinancierocr.com.

Present and Future of Health Tourism

December 2010

Globally, medical tourism spending has reached $ 60 billion and it is expected that in three years that figure should reach $ 100 billion.

In Central America, Panama is just beginning to participate with less than 1% of that market, where Costa Rica is one of the largest players at 16%.

Private Hospitals in Guanacaste

May 2009

Despite the economic crisis, they are going ahead with the decision to build 3 hospitals in the province of Guanacaste.

Cima Hospital plans to start building its Guanacaste headquarters in early 2010 and finish it in the second quarter of 2011. Documentation has already been submitted to SETENA for this project.

Costa Rica Declares Medical Tourism of National Interest

March 2009

About 100,000 tourists visit the country annually for medical purposes, paying between $4,000 and $6,000 per procedure.

The measure enacted by the executive branch will mean that the Tourism and Foreign Trade Ministries will work on bringing more investment and patients to the country, and that the Health Ministry will promote international accreditation of the medical facilities and ensure service quality.

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