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.
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.
A foreign visitor coming to the country to undergo medical treatment generates four times more revenue than a conventional tourist.
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%.
During 2012, medical tourism generated $338 million for the country, up almost 4% compared to 2011, when it registered $300 million.
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