Costa Rica Declares Medical Tourism of National Interest
About 100,000 tourists visit the country annually for medical purposes, paying between $4,000 and $6,000 per procedure.
Friday, March 13, 2009
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.
Globally, medical tourism spending has reached $ 60 billion and it is expected that in three years that figure should reach $ 100 billion.
Despite the economic crisis, they are going ahead with the decision to build 3 hospitals in the province of Guanacaste.
A recent report estimates that hundreds of thousands of Americans go abroad each year for medical procedures, primarily to save money.
Medical tourism destinations have emerged all over the globe, from Thailand to South Africa, and even European countries such as Hungary. The industry anticipates a great deal of growth in the coming years, from a 2004 estimate of $40 billion to $100 billion by 2012, according to statistics produced by McKinsey & Company and the Confederation of India.
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