Medical Tourism to Guatemala Increases

Statistics from the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism indicate that the increase in tourists with medical purposes was 39% in 2008.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Susana Portillo writes in "The services of highest demand are odontology and plastic surgery. Hospitals, hotels, obesity clinics, plastic surgery, oculists, dental surgeons, spas and alternative medicine centers offer their services, and they compete in the market to attract their clients."

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Medical Tourism Growing in Guatemala

August 2011

Services for alternative medicine and dentistry are those most requested by visitors.

Promotion work by professionals in the sector grouped around the Committee on Tourism, Health and Welfare of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) has generated a sustained increase in the sector since 2007.

More Global Competition in Medical Tourism

July 2013

Mexico, Spain and Poland are looking to position themselves as medical tourism destinations competing with the traditional ones such as India, Thailand, Brazil and Turkey.

From an article by the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

Besides traditional competitors such as India, Thailand, Brazil and Turkey, new international players such as Mexico, Spain and Poland are now seeking to position themselves as medical tourism destinations. On the one hand is Poland, which through a government program is trying to promote itself as a good country in which to find health treatment, rehabilitation, diagnosis and aesthetics services and, through its participation in three consecutive fairs (Miami 2012, Moscow and Monaco in March 2013), has managed to be taken into account by the experts as a new player in this market.

Guatemala Promoted as Medical Tourism Destination

February 2011

Representatives of U.S. medical institutions made a visit to the country in order to promote it as a medical destination.

The delegation consists of representatives from Jackson Memorial Hospital, Badia Hand and Shoulder Center, Katalyst, World Wide Medical Partners and Baptist Health South Florida.

World top 5 medical tourism destinations

April 2008

Medical tourism destinations have emerged all over the globe. 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.

Experts believe that medical tourism will have a positive impact on the economies of destination countries and benefit skilled and unskilled trades alike. The medical tourism phenomenon may also bode well for foreign investors who hold an interest in those countries.

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