Costa Rica: Health Clinics Seek Accreditation

Clinics are seeking international accreditation to ensure the quality of their services.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The American Association for Accreditation of International Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), will award international accreditation to five cosmetic surgery clinics, audiology and dentistry.

La Nacion reports on its website, "The accreditation process takes, on average, six months and the AAAASF assesses the medical knowledge, the support personnel at the clinics, medical procedures, protocols for patient care, medical devices and medication management."

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Certifications for Medical Tourism in Guatemala

July 2015

Tourists coming to the country to receive medical treatment come mostly from the US and Canada and spend an average of $131 per day, mainly on dentistry.

From a statement issued by the Guatemalan Tourism Institute:

The Bureau of health and wellness Tourism of Guatemala, formed by the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism, INGUAT, the Chamber of Tourism of Guatemala, CAMTUR, the Guatemalan Association of Exporters, AGEXPORT and the Medical Tourism Association, ATURMED, are joining forces to give continuity to actions that promote this segment.

Rising Medical Tourism in Costa Rica

May 2011

A foreign visitor coming to the country to undergo medical treatment generates four times more revenue than a conventional tourist.

Medical tourism in Costa Rica is growing by leaps and bounds. Dentistry, plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments are among the most sought after by foreigners, who pay about 70% less than they would in their home countries.

Medical Tourism in Panama

November 2011

Latin America has a quarter of the global market of health tourism. Costa Rica accounts for 16% of that market, while Panama has less than 1%.

Experts in the field say that next year, Panama could become a potential target of this type of industry which generates about $60 billion a year worldwide.

More Medical Tourism in Costa Rica

April 2013

During 2012, medical tourism generated $338 million for the country, up almost 4% compared to 2011, when it registered $300 million.

Figures from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT by its initials in Spanish), revealed that in 2012 a total of 48,000 people came into Costa Rica for the purpose of undergoing various medical procedures.

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